From being adopted to becoming a parent: when adopted people become parents and adopters become grandparents 2018-2020

Researchers at the University of East Anglia are conducting a study which will provide a new understanding of the lived experiences and needs of adopted people who are now parents, and of adoptive parents, who are now grandparents. It will inform support to help adopted young people to prepare for parenthood, promote their resilience, and support them as parents.

There is no specific research about the experiences and support needs of adopted people who are parents, even though there is evidence that up to half of such individuals may have psychological vulnerabilities as they move into adult life. Neither have the experiences of adoptive parents as grandparents been studied.

The team at UEA are still looking for participants (adoptees who are now parents and adopters who are now grandparents in England and Wales). You can find out more here.

The Stay Calm project
This project aims to broaden understanding of emotional outbursts in children and young people, recognising that such outbursts can be a significant problem for some families and are prevalent in children who have experienced past trauma.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed the Emotional Outburst Questionnaire to be completed by parents and caregivers, looking at characteristics of emotional outbursts in more detail than other existing measures. You can complete the questionnaire here.

Large Sibling Group Adoption Research Study - find out more here

Other Research Adoption UK has supported: