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Contact after adoption: the role of contact in contemporary adoption

This presentation reviews the evidence from research about different types of contact after adoption, with a range of birth relatives. It draws heavily on two studies carried out at UEA, but also makes reference to other research. If intending to make a presentation using these slides it will be important for the presenter to understand the two main studies that this material draws on. These studies are: - the longitudinal "contact after adoption" study which has looked at the impact of letter and face-to-face contact with adult birth relatives on adopted children, birth relatives, and adoptive parents. - The "supporting direct contact "study which focused just on face-to-face contact arrangements, drawing largely on the perspectives of adoptive parents and birth relatives (including adult birth siblings). This study had a strong focus on how agencies can best support direct contact arrangements.