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Birthmothers who choose adoption are less likely to live in poverty than are single women who choose to rear their children, according to data available from the National Center for Health Statistics and numerous studies.

Birthmothers in the United States who choose adoption are also more likely to be middle-class women from stable homes. According to another study (McLaughlin, see BIRTHMOTHER), women who choose adoption generally have higher educational and/or career goals than those single women who parent their children.

Christine Bachrach, "Adoption Plans, Adopted Children, and Adoptive Mothers," Journal of Marriage and the Family, 48 (May 1986): 243-253.

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