Did You Know?
- In 2007 there were nearly 1.8 million adopted children in the US—(2%) of all children. 1
- The majority of adopted children fare well on 6 measures of socio-emotional well-being. 88% of adopted children ages 6 and older exhibit positive social behaviors.1
- 81% of adopted children have parents who reported their relationship with their child as very warm and close. In addition, 42 percent had parents report the relationship as “better than ever expected,” with only 15 percent reporting the relationship as “more difficult” than they ever expected.”1
Consider these tips to help you raise successful kids.
1. Vandivere, S., Malm, K., & Radel, L. (2009). Adoption USA: A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey ofAdoptive Parents. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Retrieved from http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/NSAP/chartbook/index.pdf
2. Bramlett, M. D. (2011). The National Survey of Adoptive Parents: Benchmark estimates of school performance and family relationship quality for adopted children. Washington, D.C.: U. S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Retrieved from http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/NSAP/Brief3/rb.pdf
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What the Research Says:
• The National Survey of Adoptive Parents found that adopted children are less likely than children in the general population to excel in reading or math, but family relationship quality between children and parents is more comparable between the groups. 2