Same-sex couple adopters – research request
Alison Sargeant – a Social Work masters student at Manchester Metropolitan University – is conducting a study into the experiences of same-sex couples who’ve completed an adoption assessment. The aims of the study are:
- To explore the experiences of same-sex couples who have completed joint adoption assessment and adopted a child/children (with legal proceedings completed and adoption orders made)
- To explore the challenges of being same-sex adoptive parents
- Consider any recommendations for improving practice in the adoption assessments of same-sex couples
Alison chose to focus this study on the experiences of same-sex adopters because of both a personal and professional interest in this area. She completed a 70-day placement with a local authority adoption team focusing on the assessment and training of prospective adopters. During this placement, she worked with many same-sex couples at different stages of the adoption process, through to post-adoption support.
All volunteers will be asked to meet with her for a one-off interview between May – June 2017, lasting approximately one hour. All interviews can be held at a date, time and location of your choosing. As Alison’s based in Manchester she can only facilitate face-to-face interviews in the North West, but can conduct Skype interviews for those outside her region.
For any further information – or to register your interest in participating – contact
Alison Sargeant, Social Work Student
T: 07908 692 929