In this section are statistics and resources for managers and administrators as well as reports that illustrate the use of data in foster care adoption, including State and local examples.
Adoptive Family Structure (PDF - 307 KB)
AFCARS Adoption Data Research Brief No. 1
Traces the evolution of the structure of adoptive families and discusses trends in characteristics of adoptive families from 1996 to 2003.
Age of Children at Adoption and Time From Termination of Parental Rights to Adoption (PDF - 324 KB)
AFCARS Adoption Data Research Brief No. 2
Provides administrative data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) from 1996 to 2003 on the age of children when they are adopted and the time between the termination of parental rights to adoption.
Minnesota Texas Adoption Research Project
University of Minnesota Department of Family Science
Provides information and data from the only nationwide longitudinal research project that focuses on the consequences of variations in openness in adoption for all members of the adoption triad: birthmothers, adoptive parents, and adopted children, and for the relationships within and among these family systems.
National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey (PDF - 2,990 KB)
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (2013)
Presents the results from a five-year benchmarking survey of national attitudes toward foster care adoption in the United States. The survey objectives included understanding why Americans do or do not adopt from foster care, perceptions of who can and should be an adoptive parent, and attitudes and behaviors that create barriers to foster care adoption.
Using Subsidies to Promote the Adoption of Children From Foster Care (PDF - 105 KB)
Explores the use of subsidies as a means of increasing the adoption of children from foster care. This paper uses data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) to estimate the impact of subsidies on adoption rates.
Using Outcome Data to Improve Adoption Practice
Family Design Resources
Protecting Children, 2004
Describes the efforts of the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption Network to identify and assess public/agency adoption practices with the intended goal of improving permanency outcomes for children.