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Statistics, Studies and Research on Adoption and Adoption Related Issues

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In the United States, there is not a central body that is collecting accurate adoption statistics. There is no one single oversight organization that actual collects data from all the different adoption agencies around the country.

Sometimes the source is lost and cannot be verified. Actual scientific research on adoption and adoption related issues is frequently hard to find. The other issue is that many of the adoption studies are not made public.

They are easy enough to find, but not read online. Many of the studies require access to an educational database or a purchase of the papers. In the last 12 years I have acquired quite a collection from various sources and am working to add them all here.

When I can transfer them over to copy, I have included the entire papers. I am not sure if this is even considered acceptable, but I have done it anyway. Just as the adoptive parents want to learn about the birth mother's life and health history, so does the birth mother want the same information about the people she is considering as the parents for her child. When the birth mother has narrowed down her prospective adoptive parents to one or a few families, normally they arrange to meet in person.

If they are geographically distant from each other as some adoptions are interstate, with the birth mother living in a different state from the adoptive parents , the first meeting will normally be by phone, then advance to a face-to-face meeting if the meeting by phone went as well as hoped.

Many birth mothers do more than just meet the adoptive parents once before the birth. This may allow all parties to the adoption a chance to bond. Adoptive parents may be present for the delivery if that is the birth mother's wish. Although pre-birth openness is becoming routine in newborn adoptions there are more variations in the years following the birth, after the adoption has been completed. Getting to know the adoptive family gives her confidence in the placement and the knowledge she can feel secure in the child's future with the parents or single parent she selected.

The birth mother may feel that future contact with the adoptive parents, or the child, would be emotionally difficult for her. Likely the most common arrangement in open adoptions is for the adoptive parents to commit to sending the birth mother photos of the child and themselves as a family each year, and short written updates, until the child reaches the age of Sometimes an intermediary is selected to receive and forward the updates, and sometimes it is done directly.

This can be through mail or email. Some adoptions are more open than just sending photos and updates and include face-to-face contact. The amount of contact can vary greatly from just once in the first year, to multiple times annually throughout the child's life.

Oftentimes the birth and adoptive parents will sign a Post-Adoption Contract sometimes called an Open Adoption Agreement , putting in writing any promises regarding contact after the adoption is finalized. Even in those states which do not expressly have laws in this area, these agreements can usually be prepared if the parties desire to formalize the agreement. In an increasing number of US states, courts will find these agreements legally enforceable, as long as they serve the best interests of the child.

It is not unusual for these agreements to be more like "handshake" agreements, although they offer less protection to a birth parent if the adoptive parent's promises were not honored. There are sometimes problems concerning birth mothers and adoption agencies who neglect to make sure the proper paperwork is done on the birth father's part.

It is crucial to remember that no child can be relinquished legally without the birth father's consent, except in Utah. He must be given the chance to claim custody of the child. For this purpose, many states have established a Putative father registry , although some adoption activists see these as a hindrance rather than a help.

The placement of older children can take two widely divergent paths. Generally speaking when a child has bonded to a birth parent then a need for an adoptive placement arises, it is usually critical for that child's emotional welfare to maintain ties with the birth parent. Sometimes a parent raised a child, but a problem has arisen, and parenting is no longer possible, and there are no family members able to take over the parenting role, so adoption is the best option.

Another way older children can be placed for adoption is where the birth parents' rights were terminated by a court due to improper parenting or abuse. Although the child may still foster idealized feelings for that failing parent it is not uncommon in these adoptions for there to be no contact between the child and adoptive parent, and the birth parent. At age 18, people adopted in the United Kingdom , Australia, Europe and in several provinces in Canada are automatically entitled to their birth certificates and may access their adoption records.

In nearly all US states adoption records are sealed and withheld from public inspection after the adoption is finalized. Most states have instituted procedures by which parties to an adoption may obtain non-identifying and identifying information from an adoption record while still protecting the interests of all parties.

Non-identifying information includes the date and place of the adoptee's birth; age, race, ethnicity, religion, medical history, physical description, education, occupation of the biological parents; reason for placing the child for adoption; and the existence of biological siblings.

All states allow an adoptive parents access to non-identifying information of an adoptee who is still a minor. Nearly all states allow the adoptee, upon reaching adulthood, access to non-identifying information about their relatives. Approximately 27 states allow biological parents access to non-identifying information.

In addition many states give such access to adult siblings. Identifying information is any data that may lead to the positive identification of an adoptee, biological parents, or other relatives.

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