The materials on this website draw mainly on the following studies by Prof. Neil:
- Contact after Adoption Study (stage 1,2 and 3) (funded by the Nuffield Foundation)
The full research reports can also be found at the following links:
This book gives a full account of the third stage of the longitudinal “contact after adoption” study, and includes messages for practitioners.
This book is a summary version of the third stage of the longitudinal “contact after adoption” study-designed to give busy practitioners quick access to the main findings and practice implications of the study.
This book gives a full account of the “Supporting Direct Contact after Adoption” study, and practice implications are discussed throughout the book.
Further information on research projects can also be found on the Adoption Research initiative website
Key research summaries
- Stage 1 of the ‘contact after adoption’ research: key findings
- Stage 2 of the ‘contact after adoption’ study: research briefing
- Stage 3 of the ‘contact after adoption’ study: a research summary
- Leaflet for adopted young people: a summary of key findings
- Leaflet for adoptive parents: a summary of key findings
- Leaflet for birth parents: a summary of key findings
The following presentation reviews the evidence from research about different types of contact after adoption, with a range of birth relatives. It draws on the evidence from two studies carried out at UEA, as well as making reference to other relevant research.
This presentation may be useful, for example in training sessions and, notes for trainers have been included in the PowerPoint – these can be seen if you switch to “notes view”.
There are two simple conditions for the use of the slides:
- The source of the materials should be acknowledged. That is: Elsbeth Neil, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
- You may add your own slides or delete slides, but please do not alter the content of any of the existing slides
Research in Practice would like to thank everyone involved in creating these resources: Change Project contributors – Action for Children (Juliet Ramage and Anne-Marie Webber), Cafcass (Alex Kemp and Zafer Yilkan), Coventry (Sarah Vermeire), Cumbria (Beth Taylor), Gloucestershire (Rhiannon Little and Tammy Wheatley), Lincolnshire (Gaynor Carlton and Anne Johnson), Norfolk (Merian Romanos), Rotherham (Jennifer Lee and Jane Sandland), Sefton (Sue Savage, Gosia Sikorska and Angeka Sitoe), Solihull (Jane Francis), Stockport (Melissa Ruffy), TACT (Carolette Caines and Erica Peltier), Walsall (Andrea Codrington and Sherrie Francis), West Sussex (Wanda Parker); Claire Stowe (Highbury Advocacy Project), Shira Rub, Verity Sutcliffe (Devon Fostering and Adoption Team), Matthew Gibson and Mark Chesterman (Birmingham University); and Alex Cameron (Staffordshire County Council). We would also like to thank all adopted young people, adoptive families and birth relatives for contributing to the research over the years and for their invaluable contribution to the making of the video and audio materials on this website. ‘The contact after adoption study’ was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
– young people’s views on contact
– challenges and benefits of contact
– adoptive parents’ and birth relatives views
– impact of contact on a child’s development and identity
– direct and indirect contact
– making contact work
Download the notes for this film PDF (290KB)
This presentation reviews the evidence from research about different types of contact after adoption, with a range of birth relatives. It draws heavily on two studies carried out at UEA, but also makes reference to other research. If intending to make a presentation using these slides it will be important for the presenter to understand the two main studies that this material draws on. These studies are:
- the longitudinal “contact after adoption” study which has looked at the impact of letter and face-to-face contact with adult birth relatives on adopted children, birth relatives, and adoptive parents.
- the “supporting direct contact “study which focused just on face-to-face contact arrangements, drawing largely on the perspectives of adoptive parents and birth relatives (including adult birth siblings). This study had a strong focus on how agencies can best support direct contact arrangements.
Information about these two studies is available elsewhere on the website.
Download the slides An Overview of the Research re Contact after Adoption (1126kB) Powerpoint .PPTX file Slide presentation.