by Lori Carangelo
There are striking similarities, and also differences, between the development and availability of adoption and assisted reproduction statistics. One similarity is the scarcity of reliable data, as often the data is by "selective definition" - intended to confuse rather than inform. One example of "selective definition" is Bill Clinton’s famous comment, "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman," according to his own definition of "sexual relations."
In order to present adoption and assisted reproduction as "all good," the truth would have to be hidden in "lies, damned lies, and statistics," by those who profit from these industries. Any verifiable negative data not only challenges belief systems but also could affect established institutions’ financial interests. So this book not only cites statistics from the perspective of a wide variety of named government and private sector sources and but also explains the historical or background information on the subject for the convenience and better understanding of researchers, reform activists, journalists and other writers trying to sort through the confusion.
Browse the stats, consider the sources, follow the dollars, and judge for yourself. You have a right to know.
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This book is currently being reviewed. The following is a Review of the Y-2000 edition of "Statistics of Adoption":
"Statistics of Adoption brings together a wealth of hard to find data about adoption and foster care in this country. I know of no other source which even comes close to the scope of 'Statistics'…"
-Gordon Brooks, Librarian III, Social Science Dept., Los Angeles Public Library
- How Many Adoptees?
- How Many Donor Offspring?
- The Lost Generations
1. ABORTION vs. ADOPTION
- Politics versus the Data
2. ADOPTEES’ OUTCOMES - Medical, Psychological, Criminal
- Adoptees' Medical Issues
- Adoptees in Psychiatric Care
- Adoptees in Substance Abuse Treatment
- Adoptees in Juvenile Detention, Prisons;
- Adoptees Who Are Firesetters
- Adoptees Who Kill
- Adoptees’ Outcomes in Intercountry Adoptions
- Who adopts?
- Ratio of Individuals and Couples Competing for Children versus Available Children
- Psychiatric Problems of Adopters
- Adopters Who Kill
- Number of U.S. Domestic Adoptions
- Total Estimated Number of Adoptions Estimated in North America
- Total Estimated Number of Adoption Topic Web-Sites
- Cost of Private Adoption in U.S.
- Adoption Subsidies, Tax Credits and Insurance
- Number of Failed Adoptions, Children Returned
- Number of Adoption Agencies by Type
- Statistics on Stolen and Trafficked Children.
- Ethnicity of Adoptees and General Population
- Number of Intercountry Adoptions by Countries
- Intercountry Adoptees' Outcomes
- Australia's Adoptions Being Phased Out
- England and Wales Adoptions
- Canadian Adoptees' Citizenship
5. ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
- Delayed Reproduction and Infertility
- Who Donates Sperm or Eggs?
- Who are the Surrogates?
- Donor Offspring
- Donor Offspring Outcomes
6. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND PROCUREMENT OF CHILDREN
- The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
- National Study of Child Protective Services System and Statistics
- Stolen Children and Anti-CPS Movements in the U.S. and U.K.
7. FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAMS
- Programs That Work
8. FOSTER CHILDREN and ORPHANAGES
- Numbers In Care
- Percentage Adopted from Foster Care
- Percentage Returned to Parents
- Costs of foster or institutional care versus in-home care
- Orphans, True Orphans and Orphanages
- Number and Types of Orphanages
- Half the U.S. Population Will Have Bogus Ancestry in 4 Generations
10. INCEST AMONG ADOPTEES AND DONOR OFFSPRING
- Incest Among Adoptees
- Incest Among Donor Offspring
- Incest Resulting in Pregnancy - Aborted, Raised or Relinquished
- Outcomes for Children of Incest
- Number of Fertility Clinics, Sperm and Egg Cryobanks
- Number Sperm and Egg Donation Procedures
- Cost of Types of Female and Male Fertility Treatments
- Percentages of Successful, Overly Successful, and Unsuccessful Fertility Treatments
- Infertile Killers
- Rapes Resulting in Pregnancy - Aborted, Raised or Relinquished for Adoption
- Outcomes for Children of Rape
13. SEARCHING FOR BIOLOGICAL RELATIVES
- Percentage of Adoptees/Parents Who Search
- Percentage Who Refused Contact When Found
- Costs of Searching Within and Around the System
- Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Secrecy and Disclosure Laws, and Penalties
- State and Private Adoptee-Parent-Sibling Reunion Registries
- Donor Offspring-Parent-Sibling Registries
- Search-Support Surveys and Percentage Favoring Open Records
SEE "CHOSEN CHILDREN," a new Amazon-Kindle e-book, for the LARGEST, MOST CURRENT IN-DEPTH COMPILATION ON THIS SUBJECT, with SOURCES