Adoption Research and Statistics

Statistics, Studies and Research  on Adoption and Adoption Related Issues

Scientific research on how adoption affects the mindIn the United States, there is not a central body that is collecting accurate adoption statistics. There is no one single oversight organization that actual collects data from all the different adoption agencies around the country. Often all the “big” number on adoption are estimated at best. Various facts and numbers float around and if they get repeated often enough, they are “facts about adoption”. Sometimes the source is lost and cannot be verified.

Actual scientific research on adoption and adoption related issues is frequently hard to find. For one,  there just isn’t enough of it.  Almost every study that I have ever read included in their conclusion “further studies are needed”.

Making Adoption Research Studies Public to All

The other issue is that many of the adoption studies are not made public. They are easy enough to find, but not read online. Many of the studies require access to an educational database or a purchase of the papers.  In the last 12 years I have acquired quite a collection from various sources and am working to add them all here.

When I can transfer them over to copy, I have included the entire papers. When I cannot move the copy off PDF, I have a link to the actual PDF of the adoption research study.

I am not sure if this is even considered acceptable, but I have done it anyway.  I am trying to get permission from the authors when I can.  If you happen to have authored a paper here and would like to officially “allow” it, then please let me know.  If you need it taken down, I will also comply.  Maybe I am rationalizing, but all this work done helps no one if it cannot be accessed.

Ethical Concerns and Issues

Debunking OBC Access Myths and Fears; Abortion Rates Will Go Up
The Rich Do Not Relinquish Children to Adoption
Demand of Adoptable Children
American Academy of Pediatrics: Assume All Adopted Children Have Trauma
Adoption Relinquishments by the Numbers
The Culture of Poverty and Adoption: Adoptive Parent Views of Birth Families
Adoption Laws and Practices in 2000: Serving Whose Interests?
 Is Adoption an Option? The Role of Importance of Motherhood and Fertility Help-Seeking in Considering Adoption; Nicholas K. Park and Patricia Wonch Hill. 
Addressing the Psycho-Social Implications in Social Policy: The Case of Adoption and Early Intervention Strategies
Parens Patri[Archy]: Adoption, Eugenics, and Same-Sex Couples

Profit and Industry

2015: Accurate Data on Profits in Adoption
2013: 13 BILLION $$$ in Profits in the Adoption Industry
The Free-Market Approach to Adoption: The Value of a Baby

Research pertaining to Adoptees

Voices of Adoptees – The Results of the Adoptee Survey
Initial Findings – Adoptee Survey
Risk of Suicide Attempt in Adopted and Nonadopted Offspring
Adoption as a Risk Factor for Attempted Suicide During Adolescence
Suicidal Thoughts in Adopted Versus Non-Adopted Youth
Adoptees More Likely to be Troubled – says new study

Research pertaining to Birth Mothers

Inside the Mind of a Birthmother – Results Are In!
Preliminary Data – Birthmother Survey
Surrender and Subordination: Birth Mothers and Adoption Law by Elizabeth J. Samuels
Biological Mother’s Grief: The Post Adoptive Experience in Open Versus Confidential Adoption
Birth Parents in Adoption: Research, Practice, and Counseling Psychology
Known Consequences of Separating Mother and Child at Birth Implications for Further Study

Research pertaining to International Adoption

International Asian Adoption: In the Best Interest of the Child?
ADOPTION AND AGENCY: American Adoptions of Marshallese Children

Search & Reunion Specific

Numbers in Adoption Reunions; How Many People Get Told NO?
Ongoing Adoption Reunions; Expectations and Experiences of Participants in Ongoing Adoption Reunion Relationships:A Qualitative Study

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New Donaldson Research Survey on the Internet and Adoption

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