Monday, 6 March 2017

Empowering Adoptive Families study


    My name Pedro Alexandre Costa, and I am researcher at Birkbeck, University of London and at ISPA-University Institute (Portugal). I am currently doing a comparative study about adoption in the UK and in Portugal in a collaboration with Dr Fiona Tasker who is also from Birkbeck (a leading expert in LGBT+ parented families:

    This study is about child and adolescent well-being in adoptive families, with the main purpose of evaluating how adoption, child’s pre-adoptive history, and family dynamics can best promote child and adolescent development and well-being. I started collecting data through an online survey in March, and I expect to close the survey by the end of this year.

    I would like to ask for your support in contacting and recruiting LGBT+ parents who have adopted in the UK, which are currently underrepresented in our study. From the 190 parents who have completed the questionnaire, only 50 identify as LGBT+, and we would really like to collect a diverse array of experiences and of family arrangements and look at experiences of different groups in greater detail. If you would like more information, you can visit our website at

    Please do contact me if you need more information, and if you are willing to help us reach potential participants within the community. I am sending you attached our flyer and a small text we use to advertise the study.

    With my best wishes,
    Pedro Alexandre Costa

    Pedro Alexandre Costa, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    William James Center for Research, ISPA-IU
    Birkbeck, University of London

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