The Value of Adoption

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The Value of Adoption

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dc.contributor.author Hansen, Mary Eschelbach
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-16T15:48:36Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-16T15:48:36Z
dc.date.created 2006-12
dc.date.issued 2006-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/4922
dc.description Working Paper No. 2006-15. 48 pages. en
dc.description.abstract The human services cost of adoption is about half the cost of long-term foster care for children whose birth parents’ rights have been terminated. Because adoption is an effective intervention for improving a variety of outcomes for those exposed to adverse childhood experiences, the total savings to government in areas such as special education and criminal justice is of the same magnitude as the child welfare savings. The private benefit to adopted children in terms of additional income earned over their working lives is similarly large. In all, a dollar spent on the adoption of a child from foster care yields about three dollars in benefits. en
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Economics, American University en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Department of Economics, American University en
dc.subject.other Working papers en
dc.subject.other Economics, Department of en
dc.subject.other Adoption en
dc.subject.other Adoption policy en
dc.subject.other Cost-benefit analysis en
dc.subject.other Foster care en
dc.subject.other Net social benefits en
dc.title The Value of Adoption en
dc.type Working Paper en


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