volume 21, issue 2, P120-139 2018
DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2018.1468371
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Betty Luu, Marc de Rosnay, Amy Conley Wright, Susan Tregeagle

Abstract: Semi-structured interviews were used to explore identity development for nine adoptees (aged 9-23 years) who were adopted by their foster carers in NSW, Australia. Adoptions were open, with court-ordered face-to-face contact with birth families. Findings suggest that participants had healthy adoptive identities, with coherent and meaningful narrative about their life histories. Adoption provided a sense of security and belonging. Openness provided information to build a self-narrative and encouraged discussion…

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