Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Your Opportunity to Participate in a Comparative Study About Intercountry Adoptions

Request for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents for scientific research interviews in the United States of America

Dear adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents:

My name is Christian Tribowski and I am social scientist at the Columbia University in the City of New York and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Currently, I am conducting a comparative study about intercountry adoptions in the United States and Germany. This study addresses how prospective adoptive parents deal with moral tensions and challenges posed during the intercountry adoption process. More specifically, this study seeks to understand how adoption agencies, authorities, families, and friends influence the overall process and support prospective adoptive parents while coping with arising problems.

For this study, I am seeking for either adoptive parents, who have already adopted a child from abroad, or prospective adoptive parents, who are still in the intercountry adoption process. I would like to conduct interviews with them to discuss their positive and negative experiences, as well as moral tensions, difficulties and uncertainties during the adoption process. The study should led to a better understanding of the factors and strategies that help to cope with tensions and challenges that arise during an intercountry adoption process.

The duration of the interviews will be approximately 60 minutes. All information´s shared during the interviews will be treated as highly confidential and anonymous. The interview can take place at a location of your preference.

If you are interested or have further questions please call 1-646-255-3878 or send an email to or

Kind regards,

Christian Tribowski

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