Search and Reunion Research Survey

Much recent media coverage has centered on adoptees gaining the right to access their original birth certificates. From New Jersey’s decades long effort to achieve legal equality for adoptees to Colorado’s ambitious legislation allowing birth parents access to relinquishment documents, the adoption community is finally receiving the same rights as non-adoption related citizens. Giving adoptees and their birthparents the opportunity to discover their history and legacy is long overdue.

Though these are landmark achievements, people who have undergone the search and reunion process know accessing original documents is just the start of a challenging journey to discover their roots. Finding children, parents, and extended family can be an exhilarating and delicate course that often proves emotional, trying, and exhausting on the way to finding identity. It should be no surprise that the more guidance one has in discovering his/her roots, the less painful and more enriching the journey can be. Anything that can be done to prepare parents and children for the unexpected turns when finding family, the better experience they will have.

Learning more about the current adoption search and reunion practices is essential to bettering the lives of everyone touched by adoption We are excited DAI Senior Research Fellow Amanda Baden and researchers from Montclair State University are collaborating with us to understand adoption practitioners’ efforts in this area. The goal of this IRB-approved study on adoption treatment is to increase our knowledge of the current practices among adoption professionals and other search facilitators in assisting search and reunion efforts between adopted persons and birth families.

In order to conduct this important work, we need your help. We are looking for participants who are adoption professionals and adoption search facilitators to fill out a brief survey concerning search and reunion work. Specifically we are seeking participants who work in any capacity in assisting with facilitating birth parent/first parent-adoptee searches and reunions or root tracings. This can include therapists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, lawyers, search angels, adoption agency and child welfare organization employees, etc.

Your insight into the current status of adoption search practices will improve professional training and develop more effective services for the adoption kinship network. This examination will improve research, preparation, and policies surrounding adoption and profoundly shape adoption professionals’ practices towards the various clients they serve. If you can, we entreat you to participate in this survey.