The Modern Adoptive Families Study: An Introduction.
Donaldson Adoption Institute.
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Published: September 2015
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To better understand the emerging diversity in the modern adoptive family, especially those headed by sexual minority individuals and couples, a national survey was conducted focusing on the experiences, perceptions, and needs of different types of adoptive families. Although the Modern Adoptive Families Study (MAF) focuses primarily on questions related to adoption by sexual minority parents, it is also structured to address questions related to other adoption diversity issues. Of the 1,563 survey respondents, 133 identified as lesbian, 106 gay, 30 as bisexual, and 5 as other. Findings indicate: over 80% of the families were headed by two parents (81.7%), with 74.1% of the parents reported being married; over 80% reported being college graduates or having post-graduate degrees; most respondents were also moderately affluent, with 56.5% having a total household income exceeding $100,000 a year; 37.5% of respondents had only one child; 33% had two; 13.8% had three; and 15.7% had four or more children; two-thirds of respondents reported that at least one of the children they adopted was of a different race from them (66.7%); 59% adopted a child between the ages of birth to 1, 13% adopted a child from ages 1-2, and 12.4% adopted child above the age of 5; 38.2% adopted a child who had been prenatally exposed to drugs; 31.6% of respondents adopted a child with developmental delays; 45% of respondents reported that their family had some type of contact with one or more members of the birth family prior to or at the time of adoption; and 43% of respondents’ oldest adopted children had been treated at some point by a mental health professional; and 87.1% rated their relationship with their oldest adopted child as good or excellent. 25 figures, 2 tables, and numerous references.
open adoption; gay and lesbian adoption; agency practice; human sex differences; predictor variables; guidelines; adoption triads; family characteristics; parent child relationships