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Reports and Research

Some key findings of the Dave Thomas study of "National Foster Care Adoption Attittudes" are:

National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey, 2012

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption releases a ground-breaking study of national foster care adoption attitudes.

This study was revised and repeated almost five years later, in June 2017.
The results of the revised study can be found here:

National Adoption Attitudes Survey, 2017

National Foster Care Attitudes Study 2017.


2012 Conclusions

  • U.S. adults are considering foster care adoption more often than any other type of adoption, but misperceptions abound about the children waiting to be adopted and the foster care adoption process.
  • Almost three quarters of American adults (72 %) have a very favorable opinion of adoption and almost two-thirds (69%) believe we as a society should be doing more to encourage foster care adoption.
  • Although 89% of Americans are familiar with adoption in general, 79% of Americans are familiar with foster care adoption.
  • Yet, given this large pool of potential adoptive parents who are both familiar with the issue and considering acting (48 million adults), 114,000 children still wait to be adopted from the U.S. foster care system.

2017 Conclusions

Visit the Dave Thomas Foundation Website.


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