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Identity Formation in Children and Young People in Open Adoptions from Out-of-home Care in New South Wales, Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Semi-structured interviews were used to explore identity development for nine adoptees (aged 9–23 years) who were adopted by their foster carers in New South Wales, Australia. Adoptions were open, with court-ordered face-to-face contact with birth families. Findings suggest that participants had healthy adoptive identities, with coherent and meaningful narratives about their life histories. Adoption provided a sense of security and belonging. Openness provided information to build a self-narrative and encouraged discussion of adoption issues within adoptive families. Adoptive parents were critical in helping children understand their adoption and facilitating direct contact with birth families, thus laying foundations for positive identity development.

UOW Authors


  •   Luu, Betty (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Wright, Amy Conley. (external author)
  •   Tregeagle, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Luu, B., de Rosnay, M., Wright, A. Conley. & Tregeagle, S. (2018). Identity Formation in Children and Young People in Open Adoptions from Out-of-home Care in New South Wales, Australia. Adoption Quarterly, 21 (2), 120-139.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85048048751

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 120

End Page


  • 139

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Semi-structured interviews were used to explore identity development for nine adoptees (aged 9–23 years) who were adopted by their foster carers in New South Wales, Australia. Adoptions were open, with court-ordered face-to-face contact with birth families. Findings suggest that participants had healthy adoptive identities, with coherent and meaningful narratives about their life histories. Adoption provided a sense of security and belonging. Openness provided information to build a self-narrative and encouraged discussion of adoption issues within adoptive families. Adoptive parents were critical in helping children understand their adoption and facilitating direct contact with birth families, thus laying foundations for positive identity development.

UOW Authors


  •   Luu, Betty (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Wright, Amy Conley. (external author)
  •   Tregeagle, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Luu, B., de Rosnay, M., Wright, A. Conley. & Tregeagle, S. (2018). Identity Formation in Children and Young People in Open Adoptions from Out-of-home Care in New South Wales, Australia. Adoption Quarterly, 21 (2), 120-139.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85048048751

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 120

End Page


  • 139

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States