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Data Sources on Parents

Adoptive Parents

Demographic Information
The U.S. Census Bureau collected general data about households with adopted children as part of the 2000 census. This data, with some analysis, is available in the special report Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000. is an all-inclusive website. It will assist those seeking to become adoptive parents in the United States, Canada, and around the world, and it includes information for professionals for international and domestic adoptions. Research, studies, reports, statistics, facts, and background references for professionals, doctors, teachers, and students with an interest in adoption, foster care, and stepfamilies are readily available. Information can be assessed relating to who can adopt, home studies, procedures, terms, options, and costs, types of adoption, open adoption, agencies, and facilitators.

The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids is a project of the U.S. Children's Bureau, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2002, the Children's Bureau contracted with the Adoption Exchange Association and its partners (the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids) to devise and implement a national adoptive family recruitment and retention strategy, operate the AdoptUsKids website, encourage and enhance adoptive family support organizations, and conduct a variety of adoption research projects.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a public charity dedicated to increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North America's foster care system. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's International, created the foundation in 1992 in support of the vision that every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses on increasing adoption awareness while supporting model adoption service programs.

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse are services of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the clearinghouses is to connect professionals and concerned citizens to practical, timely, and essential information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.

CWLA Services and Supports
CWLA provides direct support to agencies that serve children and families and improves the quality of the services they provide to more than 9 million children every year. CWLA produces programs, publications, research, conferences, professional development, and consultation. Information on adoption is available at CWLA has also developed Standards of Excellence for Adoption Services.

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