New research on adoption, foster care attitudes

According to a new national survey conducted by Nielson on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 25 percent of people who have not adopted in the United States have considered adoption. Of those individuals, nearly 80 percent have considered foster care adoption, which is up 7 percent from 2012 and an all-time high.

For the first time, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption also included survey questions about attitudes toward foster care in general. The results are available on the Foundation’s website.

“There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “These children are just like any other child. They’ve simply had a rough start in life, but they are available for adoption and deserve a permanent family and a safe home.”

Among the other findings from the survey, 80 percent of Americans understand that children are in foster care because of abuse or neglect, and through no fault of their own. Fifty-eight percent also agree that every child is adoptable, up from 51 percent in 2012. The Foundation is thrilled to see this particular shift in attitude and will continue its long-standing and passionate awareness campaign that is helping Americans to see that unadoptable is unacceptable.

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