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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, November 21, 2005

Adoption: Many Express Interest But Few Follow Through?

"More women say they are interested in adopting children but fewer are taking steps to adopt, a study shows. About 18 million women expressed an interest in adoption in 2002, a 38 percent increase from 13 million in 1995, said the National Adoption Day Coalition's study, released yesterday. The "mystique" of adoption has dissipated, said Maxine Baker, coalition co-chairwoman.  The coalition promotes adoption, especially of the 119,000 children in foster care who are in need of adoptive families.

Government and private groups across the nation have done a good job raising awareness about the benefits and joys of adoptions, said Ms. Baker, an adoptive mother of two and president and chief executive of the Freddie Mac Foundation. Now it's time for the "call to action," moving from talking about "the concept" of adoption to "how to do" it, she said.

The coalition's study, conducted by researchers with the Urban Institute, compares data from the 1995 and 2002 National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG). It found that of the 18 million women interested in adoption, Protestants and blacks were the most interested, with more than a third of each group saying they had considered it. . . .

However, between 1995 and 2002, the number of women who took steps to adopt declined significantly. In 1995, 16 percent, or 2.1 million, of women who expressed an interest in adoption started the process by contacting someone -- an agency, lawyer or other adoption source -- about adopting. In 2002, 10 percent, or 1.9 million women, took such action." By Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times Link to Article (last visited 11-20-05 NVS)

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