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Planning and supporting contact for children in adoption: Implications of research for practice

Please see below the presentation from Julie Young, UEA, presented at CVAA’s Evidence Seminar on Monday 9th July 2018; ‘Creative Approaches to Contact and Supporting Contact’. This presentation reviews the evidence from research about different types of contact after adoption with a range of birth relatives. The presentation most heavily draws on two studies carried out at UEA:

  • the longitudinal “contact after adoption” study which has looked at the impact of letter and face-to-face contact with adult birth relatives on adopted children, birth relatives, and adoptive parents.
  • The “supporting direct contact “study which focused just on face-to-face contact arrangements, drawing largely on the perspectives of adoptive parents and birth relatives (including adult birth siblings). This study had a strong focus on how agencies can best support direct contact arrangements.

Julie introduced to delegates the wealth of resources relating to the above research, available to view by clicking here.

Click here to download the presentation.