Being adopted and being a mother
Source TitleAdoption & Fostering
University of Melbourne Author/sConrick, Jeanette
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsConrick, J. (2020). Being adopted and being a mother. Adoption & Fostering, 44 (1), pp.56-74. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308575920902598.
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Twenty-one women adopted as infants within the Australian state of Victoria discussed their lived experience as mothers and the impacts of their adoption at this life stage. Sixteen participants took part in semi-structured interviews and the emerging categories were evaluated by a focus group of five additional adopted women. While each of their accounts is unique, reflecting their own individual life histories, partnerships and social networks, shared threads of meaning run through the combined narratives. The women’s descriptions of the values and models of care they bring to motherhood, their view of their children and the hopes they have for their family of procreation are each discussed in the light of their adoption status and experiences. Particular emphasis is given to issues of their adjustments to identity and extended family relationships and experiences of loss. This breaks new ground for a population that remains largely hidden within Australian society and points a way to future research endeavours in this area.
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