National Survey of Adoptive Parents
NSAP is the first large, nationally representative survey of adoptive families across adoption types. A secondary sample focuses on adopted children with special health care needs. These data provide information on the health and well-being of adopted children in the U.S., as well as information about their family’s well-being and adoption-related experiences, including parents’ reasons for adoption and decisions about adoption type, adoption preparation, openness, post-adoption financial and nonfinancial service utilization, and more.
Children identified as adopted through the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and who did not live with a biological parent and who lived in households where English was spoken, were eligible for the NSAP follow-up interview. The NSAP interview was a call-back scheduled at the end of the NSCH telephone interview. Sampled children included those adopted from other countries, from the U.S. foster care system, and from private domestic sources. Respondents were either the adoptive mother or the adoptive father.
A total of 2,089 NSAP interviews were completed from April 2007 to July 2008. The interview completion rate (i.e., cooperation rate) for eligible respondents was 74.4%. The overall response rate, taking into account nonresponse to NSCH, was 34.6%.