Social workers' views about transracial adoption and the coalition government's adoption reforms.

Student, A., (2015) Social workers' views about transracial adoption and the coalition government's adoption reforms. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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The aim of this research was to explore the views of social workers regarding transracial adoption and the Government reforms, to gain an understanding of how their work may be affected by the legislative change.

The method used was a focus group of three participants, all of whom were currently practising social workers. This method enabled the expression of several views at once and the opportunity for unforeseen themes to arise through the discussion. As the participants all shared a common profession, they were able to share their views freely and at a depth which may not have been achieved via an alternative method. Appropriate ethical considerations were addressed in the research process and the through correct storage and handling of data.

The main finding of the study was that universal definitions of 'race' and 'ethnicity' are required, which would bring clarity to much of the relevant literature within the area of transracial adoption. Whether the existence of a 'ban' on the practice of transracial adoption remained unclear, demonstrating that further research would be needed to prove or disprove its existence. Further findings highlighted areas for further research, including the role of religion, and the concept of matching adoptees and adopters by shared experience. The background variables of the participants were examined and used to support the need for continued research. Following further research, a recommendation for the re-instatement of the 'due consideration of religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background' (DfE, 2002, Part 1, Section 3) of children in future adoption legislation might be made.

All elements of this study were all fascinating; the relevant literature, the research process, the contributions from the participants and the findings from this study. The topic of transracial adoption could benefit greatly from research which explores the areas perhaps overlooked or simply unheard.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies: Early Years
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transracial adoption, social workers, reforms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Departments > Childhood and Youth
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 08:25
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 10:07

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