'It's a big deal, being given a person': why people who experience infertility may choose not to adopt

Smeeton, J. and Ward, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5531-7131, 2017. 'It's a big deal, being given a person': why people who experience infertility may choose not to adopt. Adoption & Fostering, 41 (3), pp. 215-227. ISSN 0308-5759

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Abstract

This article explores why individuals and couples who experience infertility and undergo treatment through new technologies do not subsequently go on to become parents via adoption. It does this in three ways: a review of the literature; interviews with those affected; and an online survey of views on adoption among people who have experienced infertility. It was found that couples do consider adoption alongside infertility treatment but it is usually a fallback choice. If adoption is to be perceived as an equal option, agencies need to offer support and advice at an earlier stage than is usual. Couples who are emotionally exhausted by medical interventions for their childlessness can then be helped off the infertility treadmill in order to become parents.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Adoption & Fostering
Creators: Smeeton, J. and Ward, J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 October 2017
Volume: 41
Number: 3
ISSN: 0308-5759
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0308575917705819DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Oct 2017 12:51
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 12:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31788

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