Adoption can be confusing. Everywhere you turn, people will tell you that there is no such thing as a "normal adoption." Yet, there has to be some kind of reassuring answers to your most pressing adoption questions. And there is, in a way. The chartbook Adoption USA can give. among other things, a quantifiable look at how other parents of special needs children's attitudes toward their child's conditions have changed over time. (About 87 percent of adoptive parents said they would still adopt their child even after knowing everything they know now about him or her.)
Adoption USA is a chartbook published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. It contains information from the first-ever National Survey of U.S. Adoptive Parents (NSAP) in 2007. The website for access to this chartbook is: http://aspe.hhs.gov
Information in this online publication contains everything a future adopter will need to know about adopting domestically and internationally. The NSAP asked for information about the adoption experience, including the well-being and characteristics of adopted children. The information in the chartbook is augmented by the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health
Potential adoptive parents may find this publication helpful as it covers issues facing the adoption community in quantitative and qualitative terms. Readers have the option of reading Adoption USA online, to print it as a PDF or to order a free copy from the website.
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