Are you an intercountry/international adoptee 18+ years or older?
- Did you spend time (30 days or more) in foster care, group home, residential treatment, wilderness treatment camp, treatment ranch, or long-term hospitalization program before you turned 18 years old?
- Or did your adoptive parents kick you out of the house, leading you to couch-surf, stay in shelters or live without secure housing?
- Were you “re-homed” or placed in a formal or informal adoptive home with someone other than the parents to whom you were originally adopted?
My name is JaeRan Kim, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma. I am conducting a research study on intercountry adoptees who, after their adoption by U.S. parents, experienced an adoption disruption, dissolution or displacement. Participation in the study would include completing a survey and an interview.
If you would like more information about this study, or would like to participate, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This study has been approved by the University of Washington Institutional Review Board. Thank you for your consideration.
[Edited 4/28/17 to add: participants must have been originally adopted to the United States. I also want to expand on the placements that I consider “out-of-home.”]
- Homelessness due to the adoptive parent’s refusal to house the participant or as a result of abuse/neglect by adoptive parents (e.g. couch-surfing with friends, living on the street)
- long-term shelter for youth
- group home
- juvenile detention
- residential treatment center
- in-patient hospitalization program
- formal foster care
- wilderness treatment program or ranch-based treatment program
- an informal, non-relative family placement with a non-related and/or unfamiliar family (i.e. a “re-home” family)
- another adoptive family