For people adopted as children, becoming a parent themselves might bring along specific joys and challenges and raise certain questions.
For example, how might becoming a parent affect how adopted people feel about their origins? How do they experience parenting their own child given their past histories, which may include loss, abuse and/or neglect?
For adoptive parents, now grandparents, there are also important questions to be answered. How can adoptive parents support their child as parents? How do they react to the arrival of a grandchild, and do how they see any role of their child’s birth family?
We need to know more about the later life and experiences of adoptive families, especially those adoptions within the last 30 years. This study: ‘From being adopted to becoming a parent: when adopted people become parents and adopters become grandparents’ will explore questions around identity, risk and resilience.
We hope the study will benefit adopted people, their children and adoptive parents, as well as practitioners, policy makers, and academics studying adoption and families.