Jumping through hoops to become a parent: consumer experiences of adoption

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Fuscaldo, Giuliana and Russell, Sarah (2012) Jumping through hoops to become a parent: consumer experiences of adoption. Australian Journal of Adoption, 4 (1). ISSN 1837-1361


While there is ongoing debate about access to adoption, there has been little empirical research on the views of people with firsthand experiences of the adoption process. We interviewed 36 people with experience of the process of applying to adopt in Victoria, Australia. Participants commented on their experiences of different stages. They were critical of the ‘one size fits all’ approach and suggested that the assessment process lacked transparency and consistency and was not evidence based. We argue that adoption eligibility criteria should be reviewed and that adoption policy and practice should be informed by the experiences of adoption applicants.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22877
Official URL http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/aja/ar...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2201 Applied Ethics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords ResPubID26241, adoption process, overseas adoption, eligibility, consumer views, consumers, Victoria
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