Parenting Experiences in Sibling Group Adoption in the UK
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
Senior Lecturer, Education and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University