We are committed to conducting, supporting, and disseminating research. Conducting our own research, and supporting the research of others, is essential to provide us with a strong evidence–base.

This evidence underpins much of the work we do, particularly our campaigning and lobbying efforts. With rigorous research and a strong evidence-base, we can better identify the needs of adoptive families and work more effectively to support our members. 

If you would like to apply for support from Adoption UK in undertaking research then please complete Adoption UK's research request form and return it the email address on the form. We will reply to your research request as soon as possible.

Latest research Adoption UK is supporting:

Adoptive parents' experiences of negative attitudes or stigma

Are you an adoptive parent who has felt stigmatized or felt you were viewed more negatively than non-adoptive parents? I am a Trainee Counselling Psychologist from Teesside University conducting doctoral research about adoptive parents’ experience of stigma. Research has highlighted that adopters can experience negative attitudes through their family, friends or society in general and feel they are viewed as second class parents. I am interested in understanding your experience, the effect it has had on you and your family and how you and your partner have coped with it.

If you feel you have been stigmatized or viewed more negatively than other parents due to having adopted a child, I would like to complete an online interview with you and, separately, your partner. I am trying to rule out other sources of stigma as much as possible, so I am looking for couples who would describe themselves as heterosexual, white British and who do not have birth children. I am looking forward to hearing from you if you feel you meet above criteria. Please contact Heidi on [email protected] 

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