International Adoption: Parent Perspectives

Samantha Hartman, Joy Elizabeth Hartman

Abstract


This paper, “International Adoption: Parent Perspectives” articulates the proceedings of a follow-up project of the Milk and Medicine Project Evaluation 2013 (See Background and Introduction). The experience working on the Milk and Medicine Project in Zambia combined with personal family international adoptive experience led to an interest in exploring the world of international adoption - one aspect on the vast spectrum of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) care. This study specifically examines the perspective of adoptive parents. Using a snowball method of sampling, twelve interviews were conducted with parents who have adopted internationally, representing seven countries. This exploratory study aimed to learn more about the perspective of adoptive parents concerning three categories that framed the thematic outcomes: pre-adoption, the adoption process, and post-adoption. Derived from Grounded Theory and an open-coding process, results centered around the three categories and nineteen micro themes including motivation to adopt, resilience, attachment, and post-adoption support. Given the exploratory nature of the study and its interdisciplinary and complex nature, there is a large platform for future research.  This paper will explain the findings of the project and recommend directions for future research.


Keywords


Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), International Adoption, Adoptive Parents

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