ERIC Number: ED252306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Single Parent Adoption.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Presenting two views of the single-parent family, this pamphlet includes an article by two researchers (William Feigelman and Arnold R. Silverman) and a short statement by a single adoptive parent (Amanda Richards). The first paper summarizes earlier research on single-parent adoptions and discusses the results of a nationwide survey of 713 adoptive parents made in 1974 to 1976. Respondents to the mailed questionnnaire included 58 single adoptive parents. The adoptive single-parent sample was compared with the adopted couple sample in terms of place of residence, income, occupation, religious and political beliefs, age, and contact with extended family members. Single parents reported more difficulties in adopting children and were more likely to adopt "hard-to-place" children. Adoptive single parents reported more adjustment problems on the part of their children, but these problems appeared to be related to the fact that single parents tend to adopt older children more frequently than couples do. While the availability of extended families and friends was not important in determining the success of single-parent adoption, the attitudes of these groups toward the adoption were important. It was concluded that the results of this research offer support for the practice of single-parent adoption. In the second paper, a single woman describes her experiences in becoming an adoptive parent. Included are excerpts from her diary during the adoption process and a description of what the adoption has meant in terms of her daily schedule, work, and social life. (CB)
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoption, Age, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Emotional Adjustment, Extended Family, Minority Groups, National Surveys, One Parent Family, Placement
LSDS, Department 76, Washington, DC 20402 (Publication No. OHDS-81-30306, single copy free of charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.