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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 2021, we conducted the largest survey ever of adoptive parents. NCFA explored the profile of adoptive parents, their experiences, and what has changed in adoption over time.

In 2022, we surveyed birth parents across the U.S. and conducted focus groups with birth moms to better understand this diverse population, their decision-making and levels of satisfaction, their relationship with their birth children, experiences with stigma and support, and much more.

In 2023, we researched the experiences of adult adoptees through a nationwide survey.

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, birth parents,
and adoptees.

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