About the report
The goal of this research was to understand this population better and gain meaningful insights that can inform the development and implementation of programs and services to the expectant and birth parent community. We heard from over 1400 birth parents, and the results outlined in the report answer key questions such as:
- Why do birth parents choose to place their children for adoption?
- What factors contribute the most to long-term satisfaction with an adoption decision?
- How have the experiences of birth parents changed over time?
- What is most helpful to an expectant parent or birth parent considering adoption?
Learn more About: Satisfaction, Stigmas & Support
Find out what factors contribute the most to birth parent satisfaction. Where are the sources of support during decision-making? Where are the sources of stigma?
Too often, birth parents lack the support from others before, during, and after a placement. This lack of support makes it difficult for birth parents to share their adoption experiences and perpetuates the cycle of stigma by not allowing the broader community to hear or learn from the breadth of birth parents’ experiences.
This was a joint research project by
The Opt Institute provided a grant to fund this research. They are a national research foundation and think tank dedicated to improving access to and support for private adoption. For more information, please visit www.optinstitute.org.