From Face-to-Face to Facebook: The Role of Technology and Social Media in Adoptive Family Relationships with Birth Family Members.
Black, Kaitlin A. Moyer, April M. Goldberg, Abbie E.
Published: October-December 2016
Vol. 19, No. 4 , p. 307-332
Taylor and Francis Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
This qualitative study of 77 individuals in 40 couples (same-sex and heterosexual), who had adopted publically, privately, or internationally, examined parents' engagement with their child's birth family via technology (e.g., texting, e-mail, social media) through the lens of the Couple and Family Technology frame-work (Hertlein & Blumer, 2014 Hertlein, K. M., & Blumer, M. L. C. (2014). The couple and family technology framework. New York, NY: Routledge.). Parents used three approaches to contact: active, passive, and no contact. Regardless of approach, some parents described concerns about boundaries. Couples were generally in agreement in their perspectives on engaging with birth family via technology. Practitioners must be know-ledgeable about management of relationships via technology and help adoptive families set healthy boundaries. (Author abstract)
social media; gay and lesbian adoption; parental attitudes; adoptive parents; BIRTH PARENTS; POST ADOPTION CONTACT; parent engagement; marital relationships; BOUNDARIES; FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS