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May 25th, 2010 – Many adoptive children were born with special needs, which may be known at placement or discovered years later. Raising these children can be stressful but little Canadian research is available that might help. Alice Home, social work professor and adoptive mother, is conducting a small study to learn about the experiences of parents whose adopted children have a diagnosed medical condition, disability or emotional/behavioural disorder.

Some may also have a difficult past history. She seeks to interview 16-18 parents in Eastern Ontario (May – June) and south-central Vancouver Island (mid-August). She hopes to meet mothers, fathers and others from varying family situations and ethnic/cultural backgrounds, who have adopted children in different ways. Their child/ren, placed between the ages of 6 months and 8 years, will have been in the adoptive family for 2 to 4 years. Eligible parents interested in learning more or wishing to arrange an interview are invited to contact the researcher Alice Home, or her assistant, Manon Crevier. Click the link for more information.


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