Reading a blog from yesterday on the NYT website, I came across an entry about this report. It looks to be a pretty comprehensive report on a similarly comprehensive survey of adoptive parents. I’m sure there are literally thousands of interesting facts and observations that can be gleaned from a careful study of the report. I’m going to try to take a closer look in coming days/weeks.
It’s also interesting to note what isn’t there, of course. So, for instance, my cursory examination of the section on “Family Structure” makes me think it doesn’t include separate consideration of same-sex couples. They may well be included in unmarried couples, but I couldn’t tell.
Finally, it’s worth noting the big picture conclusions. That’s what the Times blog post does. Adopted kids do pretty well–in some regards they have richer lives than other kids (they get read to more.) The substantial majority are quite happy, though a small minority are not. Given the various paths by which kids end up in adopted homes I’d be loathe to leap to any conclusion about cause and effect for that minority just yet. I’m sure there’s lots to study here.