Meeting birth parents is a highly charged event for the adopted

15 May 2020 | News

There are highs and lows in every relationship, says Dr Gary Clapton.

Two years ago we published the results of our study into the long-term outcomes of reunions between adopted people and their birth parents and other relatives (10 Years After: The Long-Term Outcomes of Adoption Reunions, 2018). Exploring one of the most highly-charged events in the lives of adopted people, the accounts in 10 Years After, go beyond the first days and months of contact with each other and focus on how lives have settled and continued together (or not) after meeting with each other. Present circumstances notwithstanding, it is well to be reminded of the highs and lows of meetings between adopted people and their birth relatives.