Re-ordering Family Practices in an Unequal and Disorderly World: Contemporary adoption and contact in the UK

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Abstract

Using findings from ‘ The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption – Ethics and Human Rights: An Enquiry’, commissioned by The British Association of Social Workers, the following article presents a number of emerging themes around post-adoption contact and support in the UK. 300 individuals and 13 organisations across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland contributed to the Enquiry and data was analysed thematically. Within this article we will address some of the challenges around post-adoption contact and locate these within broader, often unexamined concerns around poverty and inequalities. Drawing upon sociological literature on ‘family practices’ and ‘displaying family’, we will consider both the status of adoption and the realities of carrying out post-adoption contact in an age of ever-increasing complexities in relationships. In doing so, we will explore how those involved in adoption carry out such practices, as well as the implications for professionals tasked with facilitating contact.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Sep 2021

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