ADOPTION RATES AMONG EVANGELICALS:
A MIXED METHODS STUDY
Matthew Scott Thompson, Ed.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015
Chair: Dr. Anthony W. Foster
The purpose of this study was to examine the adoption rates of evangelical
Christian adoption agencies and to determine what factors, if any, contribute to the
current adoption rates. A mixed methods approach, consisting of both quantitative and
qualitative elements was used for completion of this study. The quantitative section of
the research utilizes historical, numerical data from select adoption agencies to determine
the pattern of adoption rates. The qualitative portion of the research utilizes an electronic
survey, which contains simple answer questions, Likert scale questions, and open-ended
questions to determine potential factors that have an effect on the adoption rates. The
data was reviewed and analyzed to determine the conclusions of the research study.
KEYWORDS: Adoption, Adoption Agency, Adoption Rates, Evangelical, Foster Care, Orphan Care||en_US