Last month, I was lucky enough to accidentally meet another adoptive mother. She also happens to be a professor at University of Missouri and specializes in researching adoption.
The day after we met I sent her an email with a whole list of things I thought she needed to study.
She immediately blocked me from ever sending her another email. She actually was really nice about. She said she had a graduate student working with her this term who might want to interview me for a research project she is working on (not one that I suggested, but hey).
Well, guess what? She needs to interview about 20 transracial/transcultural families formed through adoption
I told her I had at least 20 friends who would be interested in working on this.
It only requires a 30-45 minute phone interview during which she only needs to speak with one of the parents in the family. She is hoping to conduct the interviews in the next couple of weeks.
Now, here is the part where I play scientist…. I think, and Leslie (the woman conducting the research) agreed, that the study would be best if it represented lots of different types of families. For example, let’s try and find her families that adopted infants. Let’s try and find her families that only adopted older children. Let’s try and find her families that adopted domestically. Let’s try and find her families that adopted from EVERY country. Let’s try and find her families that adopted through foster care. Let’s try and find her families whose adoption was at least in part motivated by fertility issues. Let’s find her families whose adoption was not motivated by fertility issues. Let’s try and find her single parents that have adopted. Let’s try and find her adoptive families formed years ago, and others that have just formed recently.
I think you probably got my point by now.
And, I think, most importantly, and probably the most tricky, we need to find her families who are NOT super involved in online communities or other AP related activities. Because only then will she have a valid sampling of adoptive families. Which means you may need to personally ask friends of yours.
Because I want to make sure
I am as popular and influential as I think that I keep my promise to her, I am hoping that if you plan to contact Leslie and volunteer to participate, you will either post a comment or send me an email at email@example.com . As many people as want to participate should contact Leslie, I am sure she will be thrilled to have too many volunteers.
This might be a rare opportunity to make adoption better understood, or to help members of the triad in the future, or just to go on and on about your wonderful parenting skills. Whatever it turns out to be, I don’t think you will regret participating.
Below is the email Leslie sent to me with her contact information.
Please feel free to contact her by email or by phone directly.
And please let her know you heard about the research through me.
My name is Leslie Nelson and I am a Master’s student in the Department of Communication here at the University of Missouri. I got your contact information from Dr. Colleen Colaner, who is my advisor and support for a research study I am embarking on for this semester! I am conducting a study that examines communication in adoptive families in which the child is of a differing ethnicity or cultural background. Specifically, I am interested in if and how the child’s ethnic identity or cultural background becomes a part of adoptive families’ overarching family identity (from the parent’s perspective). With this, I was wondering if you know of any adoptive parents who may be interested in getting interviewed? If so, feel free to pass on my contact information (listed below)! I would greatly appreciate any and all help!
Thank you so much in advance!
I included this picture just in case you have forgotten how cute my kids are.