Parents who wait: acknowledging the support needs and vulnerabilities of approved adopters during their wait to become adoptive parents

Rogers, R. (2017) Parents who wait: acknowledging the support needs and vulnerabilities of approved adopters during their wait to become adoptive parents. Child & Family Social Work. ISSN 1356-7500. (In Press)

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Abstract

There is a significant amount of existing research exploring adoption policies, processes, and the experiences and safeguarding of children. However, although much research has children at the focus, little research has been conducted into the experiences of approved and waiting adopters. Where research has included adopters, focus tends to be on how adopters can aid an adoptive placement and what support they can provide to an adoptive child. In this article, the experiences of approved and waiting adopters are at the centre.

This article reports on a digital ethnographic research project, which used unobtrusive methods to conduct a thematic analysis of over 600 posts made by waiting adopters on publically available UK online adoption forums in 2015. Online posts discussed the perceived over‐recruitment of adopters; the decision‐making behind adopters' initial preferences; and the negative emotional effects of the waiting period following approval. This article argues that more consideration needs to be given to the needs of and support for approved adopters whilst they wait for an adoptive child.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0755.7 Parents. Parenthood
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities
Depositing User: Dr Ruth Rogers
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 18:44
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16525

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