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Adoption Research

Research is about much more than just producing numbers and reports. NCFA believes in providing reliable information about critical areas of adoption research because good data is vital to strengthening and supporting the field of adoption and all who are touched by it.

Policymakers and legislators look to research-based facts and statistics to inform their decision-making. Professionals draw from the most recent studies and reports to better understand the needs of the populations they are serving and identify areas for growth in their work. Members of the media, authors, and other content creators look to NCFA's expertise to help them identify the most relevant and accurate information about adoption as they cover current events and tell stories.

To learn more about NCFA's Research Program or to discuss potential research projects, please contact Ryan Hanlon at

Adoption by the Numbers
Now Available!

A comprehensive study of adoption data from 2019 and 2020 across all 50 states.

Profiles in Adoption: A National Survey of Adoptive Family Experiences

Part One: Adoptive Families

  • The largest survey of adoptive parents to date was conducted in 2021
    • 4,212 adoptive parents representing 4,135 households and 6,608 adopted individuals
    • Respondents came from all fifty states and Washington, D.C.
    • Represented the three main types of adoption situations including private domestic (2,289), intercountry (2,115) and adoptions from foster care (2,033)
  • Expected Publication Date: Summer 2022
  • Research partner: Baylor University

Part Two: Birthmother Satisfaction Rates and Long-Term Outcomes
In development, seeking to launch in 2022

Part Three: Adopted Individuals
In development


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