Statistics show that 64% of US potential foster care adopters say they would consider adopting from foster care because of their awareness of the need for adoption. Compared to Gen X'ers and Baby Boomers, Millenials are more likely to consider adoption.
Adoption Awareness in the US
- A poll survey conducted by YouGov revealed that a majority of the US population, representing 60%, indicate that they have never considered adoption.
- The 2017 US Adoption Attitudes Survey, on the other hand, found that less than a third of adults in the US have considered becoming a foster parent.
- Out of the US potential foster care adopters, about 64% say they would consider adopting from foster care because of their awareness of the need for adoption through foster care.
- The same survey revealed that of those not considering being foster parents, 7 in 10 say that even with access to sufficient resources, they are still very unlikely to consider adoption.
- Compared to the past years, more adults today know someone adopted through the foster care system. This is thought to be due to increased awareness of adoption types as adults continue to open up and feel comfortable sharing their adoption experiences.
- The 2017 statistics show that about 40% of adults know family or friends who have been adopted.
- The YouGov poll revealed that about 25% of Americans have a family member or friend who was adopted. At the same time, 19% say they have a friend or family member who is an adoptive parent.
- The poll also found that a quarter of Americans have considered/are currently considering adoption.
Awareness By Generations
- Compared to the general population (5%), 9% of Millennials are likely to show interest in adoption, motivated by reasons such as overpopulation (26%) and 21% because their partners do not want to be pregnant.
- The YouGov poll found that 42% of Millennials compared to 60% of Gen X’ers and 72% of Baby Boomers are less likely to indicate that they have never considered adoption as an option to being parents.
- 25% of Millenials say they have not considered adoption because they do not think they can afford it. In contrast, 22% of the generation say they have not considered because they want to have their biological children.
- 23% of Millennials have not considered adoption because they do not wish to have any children.