Searching, reunion and transracial adoption

Derek Kirton, Julia Feast, David Howe

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Derek Kirton, Julia Feast and David Howe Report on findings from qualitative interviews with transracially adopted adults, carried out as part of a research project by The Children's Society. Findings show that those adopted transracially shared many experiences with other adopted people, including almost invariably feeling that they have gained from searching and/or reunion. For many transracially adopted people, issues of racial and ethnic identity figured prominently within motivation for searching, but their needs and aspirations in this regard often went unmet. Finally, the implications of the research for family placement work and post-adoption services are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-18
Number of pages13
JournalAdoption and Fostering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2000

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