Title

A professionally led adoption triad group: An evolving approach to search and reunion

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1-1999

Journal

Child Welfare

Volume

78

Issue

3

Abstract

In the field of postadoption services, counseling resources for reunited biological relatives are scarce. An adoption triad search and reunion pilot project at McGill University School of Social Work responded to this scarcity by providing the triad of adopted persons, biological parents, and adoptive parents with supportive counseling, and by conducting research on the outcomes. This article is an evaluative descriptive study of a mutual-aid adoption triad group in search and reunion. The data were gathered through pre- and postintervention questionnaires and from process notes of the group meetings, which revealed five major themes. Results of the group experience, in terms of the feelings of the participants, were positive. The mutual-aid triad group can serve as a model for agencies and professionals seeking effective, affordable methods of providing postadoption search and reunion support services.

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