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November 2022Vol. 23, No. 92022 U.S. Adoption Attitudes Survey

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DFTA) released the most recent results from an adoption poll they commission every 5 years. The U.S. Adoption Attitudes Survey seeks to measure Americans' awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior toward adoption and foster care. The report presents findings in the following categories:

  • Experience with adoption
  • Adoption considerations and preferences
  • Specific foster care considerations
  • Familiarity and knowledge of adoption
  • Opinions of adoption
  • Evaluation of healthy living arrangements for children
  • Adoption information sources
  • Perceptions of problems in adopted children
  • Perceived obstacles to adoption

The survey also looks at the perceived impact of adoption as a social issue and discusses what DFTA should be spending its money on. The full results of the survey are available on the DFTA website.