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This year’s annual adoption lecture was courtesy of Dr Mandi MacDonald from Queens University Belfast talking about adoptive parents’ experiences of birth family contact.
The lecture focused on Dr MacDonalds own research in Northern Ireland where the adoption landscape differs from that in Wales (and England). In Northern Ireland most of the children adopted last year, were adopted by their Foster Carers, which might go some way to explain why there is also a much greater prevalence for face to face birth family contact. Similar practice in New South Wales in Australia was mentioned, where more formal birth family contact arrangements are made as part of the adoption process.