Best Interest of the child
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Best Interest of the Child

Research from the Search Institute an NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) indicated the following:

Adopted children usually have greater educational opportunities, financial stability, and psychological well-being. Adopted adolescents rated higher on indicators of well being such as:

  • School performance
  • Friendships
  • Volunteerism
  • Optimism
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Competency
  • Feelings of support from others
  • Low levels of anxiety
Adopted adolescents scored lower on indicators of high risk behaviors:
  • Use of alcohol
  • Depression
  • Vandalism
  • Group fighting
  • Theft
  • Weapon use
The Marquis and Detweiler Study indicated that Adopted children:
  • Had more confidence in their judgment
  • View others more positively
  • Had a stronger locus of control
  • Saw their parents as more nurturing, comforting, predictable, as well as protectively concerned and helpful

Frequently Asked Questions

(Information provided from National Council for Adoption Copyright, Adoption Liaison Curriculum 2005)

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