Parenting Experiences in Sibling Group Adoption in the UK

By:
Janet Kay
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The study explores the unique lived experiences of parents who adopt sibling groups and the value of preparation and support provided by adoption agencies. The methodology is based on a phenonmenological approach to understanding the subjective experiences of attachment between family members and the processes of 'becoming a family.' The study explores the protective factors within sibling placements and the risks involved for placement breakdown. The parents' reflections and constructions based on their own experiences are central to the study. The study is qualitative, based on interviews with parents in a small number of cases and with social work staff in adoption teams, to ascertain common preparation and support mechanisms for sibling adopters.


Keywords: Adoption, Siblings, Parents, Attachment
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Janet Kay

Senior Lecturer, Education and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, UK

I am currently working in a Higher Education with undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the field of children and childhood. My background is in social work with children and families. My current research interests are in early years workforce and policy development in the UK and developing quality in HE. I have published a number of texts in the early years and child protection fields. I am currently completing my doctorate on sibling group adoption, which is the topic of this paper.

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