“Roots that Clutch”

What Adoption and Foster Care Can Tell Us About Adult Development
  • Jack Demick
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


In the United States, there are approximately 1 million children who were adopted1 currently living in adoptive families, 4% of families with a child who was adopted, and 5 million individuals of all ages who were adopted. About 150,000 children of all races and nationalities are adopted each year.2 At any one time, about 500,000 people are seeking to adopt with 3.3 adoption seekers for every actual adoption. As of 1998, the number of children in foster care needing adoptive families also reached approximately 150,000 in number. All of these numbers have increased and are expected to increase even more in the future. Both federal and state legislators have recently launched adoption initiatives to increase, in a timely fashion, the number of foster children who find permanent homes. The Benchmark Adoption Survey (Donaldson Adoption Institute, 1997)—the first in-depth look at American public attitudes toward adoption based on a probability sample of 1554 adults—indicated that: (1) 6 of 10 Americans have personal experience with adoption (i.e. either a family member, close friend, or they themselves were adopted, adopted a child, or placed a child for adoption); and (2) one third have considered adopting a child at least somewhat seriously.


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  • Jack Demick
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  1. 1.Center for Adoption ResearchUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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