The late Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy's fast-food chain, will forever be remembered for his square hamburgers, but he was also an outspoken advocate of adoption. A recent study commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption reveals his efforts were not in vain. According to the survey of 1,416 adults, 63 percent of Americans today have a very favorable opinion of adoption, up from 56 percent in 1997. What's more, nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) say they have considered adopting a child. Interestingly, 54 percent of Hispanics say they have thought about bringing an adopted child into their family, compared with 45 percent of blacks and 36 percent of whites. Still, many adults have some concerns about adopted kids. The survey found that many Americans believe that they are more likely than other youngsters to have behavioral problems (45 percent), difficulty at school (41 percent) and issues with drugs and alcohol (33 percent).
Fear that a birth parent will take a child back is the No. 1 concern of Americans when considering adoption.
IN THINKING ABOUT WHETHER TO ADOPT A CHILD, WOULD EACH OF THE FOLLOWING BE A MAJOR CONCERN, A MINOR CONCERN OR NO CONCERN TO YOU AT ALL?
|Being sure that the birth parents could not take the child back||82%||12%||6%|
|Being able to pay for the adoption||50%||31%||18%|
|Having the time to raise a child||49%||24%||27%|
|Dealing with unexpected genetic or medical problems||44%||40%||15%|
|Being patient enough with the amount of time the adoption process takes||37%||43%||18%|
|Having adoptive child seek out birth parents once grown||18%||42%||40%|
|*Rows may not add to 100% due to rounding.|
|Source: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption|