Separated Sisters and Brothers: adopted adults' views on birth sibling relationships and post-adoption contact.
My PhD is an exploratory study, with the aim of listening to the experiences of people who were separated from their birth siblings in childhood, through adoption from local authority care in the UK.
Following the introduction of the Children Act 1989, there was a duty on courts to give due regard to, children’s “wishes and feelings” before making decisions that affect their lives and, where possible, to place siblings together. The introduction of this legislation in 1991 altered the approach to adoption, making it more open and increasing the need to consider contact with birth relatives. My study aims to find out more about the lived expereince of people whose lives are affected by such decision. What might be done well and what could be improved?
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