I read a blog with comments that claimed that most adoptive parents want to adopt "healthy white newborns." The commenter seems to believe that adoptive parents are less apt to adopt older children, transracial children or special needs children. I strongly disagree.
I ran across some numbers from an August 2008 survey by the CDC and I thought I would share them. (The link to the Wash Post article publishing these numbers is at the bottom of this post)
The 2008 National Survey for Family Growth concluded:
- 600,000 women wished to adopt
- 521,400 survey respondents said they would adopt a black child.
· 351,600 respondents said they would adopt children ages 6 to 12.
· 185,400 said they would adopt a child age 13 or older.
- 181,800 respondents said they would adopt children with severe disabilities, and 447,000 said they would adopt two or more siblings at once.
What are your thoughts? Has anyone else encountered the "healthy white newborn" myth?