Foster care adoption attitudes research
The 2017 Adoption Attitudes Survey was commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to better understand Americans’ and Canadians’ attitudes about adoption. The Foundation partnered with Nielsen to survey more than 1,400 American adults and more than 1,000 Canadian adults online. Similar surveys were conducted in 2012, 2007 and 2002.
In North America, there are more than 130,000 children in the foster care system available for adoption and more than 20,000 age out of the foster care system every year without families. Understanding Americans’ and Canadians’ perceptions about adoption is important to finding a safe, loving and permanent family for every child. We are addressing the myths and misconceptions that Americans and Canadians have about foster care adoption, and by doing so, the Foundation can more effectively move children from foster care to the permanent and nurturing families we promised them.
2017 Foster Care Attitudes Survey
Every five years we measure Americans’ and Canadians’ attitudes about foster care adoption. In 2017, we wanted to know more about attitudes toward foster care as well. Here are those findings.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids evaluation
The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Evaluation is an unprecedented five-year study of a child-focused adoption recruitment effort in the U.S. foster care system. This experimental evaluation represents the most rigorous empirical study of child-focused adoption recruitment practices to date, providing much-needed information about practices and policies that improve the likelihood of permanent adoption for children in foster care – especially children who traditionally have had the least success. This control group research shows that children in foster care served by the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruitment program are 1.7 times more likely to be adopted than those not served. Older children, and those with mental health challenges are 3 times more likely to be adopted when served by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.
The evaluation used automated random assignment of children into treatment (WWK) and control (non-WWK) groups, and administrative data from state child welfare agencies about children in the treatment and control groups. It included more than 1,200 children in 23 states. A qualitative study, and interviews with parents and youth were also conducted. Please use the links below to read the full results.
Click here to view the Fact Sheet
Click here to view the Executive Summary
Click here to view the Evaluation Report Summary
Click here to view the Program Description and Implementation Technical Report
Click here to view the Impact Findings Technical Report
Click here to view the Parent Brief
Click here to view the Youth Brief
Click here to view the Guide to Child-Focused Recruitment
Click here to view the Policy Maker’s Guide
Click here to view the 20th Anniversary Distinguished Panel of Experts Recommendations
Urban Institute From Awareness to Action: DTFA Philanthropic Strategy
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s philanthropic strategy provides a case study of how the private and public sectors can work together successfully to develop innovative solutions to major social issues. Download the report.