National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP)

Maintained/created by: SLAITS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits/nsap.htm
Geographic unit of data: U.S. national, U.S. state

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Abstract:

Background

Users can download data regarding characteristics and adoptive experiences of families of adoptive children. Topics include type of adoption, birth family contact, developmental problems, and adoption support. The National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP) is a SLAITS survey operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Health Statistics (HCHS) and is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NSAP provides information on characteristics, pre-adoption experiences and post-adoption support experiences of families of adoptive children. Topics include, but are not limited to: type of adoption, birth family contact, developmental problems, and adoption support.

Data Notes

Users can download the survey instrument and frequency counts as PDFs, the codebook into Microsoft Excel and the public-access dataset into SAS statistical software. The NSAP telephone interview was administered to parents (n=2,089) who adopted a child 0 to 17 years of age. Children were identified as being adopted through the US foster care system, domestic private adoption agencies, or international adoption agencies. Parents were identified through the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Data were collected between April 2007 and July 2008 and are available on a national level.