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Adoption Research

We provide accurate, reliable, and up-to-date reports that inform and
equip professionals, policymakers, and the public at large to improve
and strengthen adoption.

In the largest survey ever conducted of adoptive parents, NCFA explored the profile of adoptive parents, their experiences, and what has changed over time.

The Importance of Adoption Research

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 raise awareness about stories and issues in adoption.

Adoption by the Numbers

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

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Profiles in Adoption

An ongoing research project to explore the demographic characteristics and personal experiences of adoptive parents, birthmothers,
and adopted individuals.

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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)

Part Two: Birthmother Satisfaction and Outcomes
A qualitative and quantitative exploration of the experiences of birthmothers over time.
In progress
Expected Publication Date: Mid 2023

Part Three: Adopted Individuals
In development

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