• February 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 1

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Adoption From Foster Care: Recruitment and Interest

A new report provides a national look at the recruitment of adoptive families for children in foster care, focusing on which demographic groups show interest in adopting, who actually takes steps toward adopting, and how States can encourage adoption. Commissioned by the National Adoption Day Coalition and researched and written by the Urban Institute, the report draws on data from 1995 and 2002 to show trends in these areas.

Key findings include:

  • Women's interest in adopting increased across all demographic groups from 1995 to 2002.
  • However, women in general were less likely to take steps to adopt in 2002 than in 1995. The likelihood of taking steps remained the same over time for certain demographic groups.
  • States used a variety of recruitment strategies, including child-specific, general, and targeted recruitment.
  • A majority of States used the media, photolistings, and faith-based recruitment strategies.

Drawing on these findings, the National Adoption Day Coalition offers recommendations to turn the increased interest in adoption into increased action. For instance, media campaigns should focus on how to adopt and on adopting from foster care specifically. They should also target demographic groups most likely to adopt. States and local agencies should ensure that the process itself is efficient and consumer-friendly and should explore new strategies for recruitment.

The full report, Foster Care Adoption in the United States: An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies, was written by J. Macomber, E. H. Zielewski, K. Chambers, and R. Geen.

www.urbaninstitute.org/UploadedPDF/411254_foster_care_adoption.pdf (PDF 450 KB)

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Children's Bureau Express covered the previous National Adoption Day Coalition report, also written by the Urban Institute and titled "Barriers and Promising Approaches to Foster Care Adoption," in the February 2005 issue.

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