Since 2005, I have been conducting a longitudinal study focused on the transition to adoptive parenthood among same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. Couples were initially interviewed before the adoption (about 1-5 months pre-adoption), and we have conducted a series of follow-up assessments since then: 3 months post-adoption, 1 year post-adoption, 2 years post-adoption, 3 years post-adoption, and 5 years post-adoption. Currently, we are conducting our 8 year post-adoption assessments with these families. Members of each couple also complete questionnaire packets at each time point. Our interviews and questionnaires explore a variety of topics, including: adoption agency experiences; the division of labor; balancing work and family; perceptions of social support from family and friends; intimate relationship quality; separation and divorce; engaging in racial socialization; preparing children for various forms of bias (racism, heterosexism, adoptism); choosing a day care/school; navigating relationships with teachers and schools; and navigating relationships with children’s birth family members over time. For publications on these topics, see “Publications.”
Couples who participate in this study receive quarterly newsletters that contain updates about TAPP, adoption-related news and research, and information about adoption-related events. For some of our most recent newsletters, see: Newsletter #38 Fall 2015 TAPP and Newsletter #36 Spring 2015.
“I want to say again how grateful we are to participate in your ongoing work. We feel that your surveys and interviews helped to center and ground our thoughts about how we were growing our family and each other during our adoption journey. Your work has made us more thoughtful, sensitive, and loving parents.”–TAPP Participant
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