I am starting a new research study that looks at the experiences of intercountry adoptees (18 years or older) in the U.S. that have had an adoption disruption or displacement (the term used to describe an out-of-home placement that happened after an adoption was finalized).
Types of placements include:
- 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
I have more information here at my research page. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or for more information. This study has been approved by the University of Washington’s Human Subjects Review board (IRB). Please feel free to pass on this information to your adoption communities and thank you for your assistance and support!