Patt Morrison for April 22, 2010

Adoption: the statistics may surprise you

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Some adoption statistics may surprise you

Adopting a child isn’t an easy process, but many thousands of would-be parents do the paperwork, sit in interviews, pay the fees, and take the chosen child into their homes with the full expectation that their story will have a happy ending. Unfortunately that’s not always the outcome. For a variety of reasons, adoptions have a significant failure rate. And a Caltech researcher finds clear patterns in which children parents choose to adopt and not to adopt. We look behind the scenes for the reasons why.

Guests:

Leeat Yariv, associate professor economics at the California Institute of Technology and co-author of the study, “Gender and Racial Biases: Evidence from Child Adoption”

Kathy Ledesma, National Project Director, AdoptUsKids, Adoption Exchange Association (AEA).


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