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Children for Families or Families for Children

The Demography of Adoption Behavior in the U.S.

  • Analyzes the complex interactions between adopters and adoptees thereby using historical as well as current data.

  • Provides trends and analyses of domestic adoptions and intercountry adoptions in the U. S.

  • Provides data issues in the study of child adoption.


Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Overview

  3. A Demographic Analysis Of Adoptions In The United States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 61-78
    3. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 79-104
  4. Intercountry Adoptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 129-165
    3. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 183-202
    4. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 203-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


Do adoptions provide children for families or families for children? This book analyzes the complex interactions between adopters and adoptees using historical and current data. Who are the preferred parents and children, both domestically and internationally? How do the types of adoptions-domestic adoptions, private and public through the foster care system, and intercountry adoptions-differ? Domestic trends include a shift to open adoptions and a notable increase in "hard to place", foster care adoptions-typically older, siblings, minorities, with physical, educational, or emotional challenges. Adoptive parents are increasingly all ages (including grandparents); all types of marriages (single, married and same-sex couples); all income levels, with subsidized adoptions for children who would otherwise remain in foster or institutional care.  Intercountry adoptions have followed waves, pushed by wars and political or economic crises in the sending country, and pulled by the increasing demand from the U. S.  Currently there is a decrease in intercountry adoptions from Asia and Eastern Europe with a possible fifth wave from Africa with the greatest number from Ethiopia. This is a resource for family sociologists, demographers, social workers, advocates for children and adoptive parents, as well as those who are interested in the continuing research in adoptions.


Adoption and foster care analysis and reporting system (AFCARS) Adoption statistics Adoptive parents China Domestic interracial adoptions Eastern European adoptions Family court system Gay males and lesbians Hague adoption convention Intercountry adoption Intercountry adoptions Latin America National survey of adoptive parents (NSAP) Precursors to U.S. adoption laws Race and ethnicity on adoption behavior Same sex adoptions The national center for health statistics U.S. 2000 Census

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Children for Families or Families for Children
  • Book Subtitle The Demography of Adoption Behavior in the U.S.
  • Authors Mary Ann Davis
  • Series Title The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Ser.Demographic (formerly:Plenum Ser.Demographic)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-8971-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3793-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-8972-4
  • Series ISSN 1389-6784
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Sociology, general
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The book is a valuable attempt to offer a documented response to a relatively long list of questions about adoption patterns, which usually remian unanswered.

European Journal of Population 28:2 (2012)