Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Kelly Kuhn Donahue
This exploratory study explores birth parents who changed their minds and removed their child from the adoptive home; what factors seemed influential in that decision; and what pregnancy counselors think could have prevented the disruption.
Eight pregnancy counselors participated in a semi-structured interview. The initial findings indicated that: (1) infant disruptions comprised a very small number of infant adoptive placements; (2) pregnancy counselors perceived that nothing could have been done to prevent the disruption, except mandatory foster care; and (3) the reasons that birth parents reverse their adoption decision are often complex and unforeseen.
Additional studies utilizing birth parents and varied methodologies are needed to better understand this understudied population of birth parents who reverse their adoption plan and remove their child from adoptive homes.
Mayo, Michelle E. F, "Pregnancy Counselors' Perceptions of Disrupted Infant Adoptions" (1998). Theses and Graduate Projects. 265.