I am graduate student at the New School in NYC as well as a Korean adoptee myself. I am recruiting adult Korean and Chinese transracial adoptees for my study on race and discussions of race within adoptive families. I will be conducting focus groups in the NYC and DC areas over the next few months. I have included my formal recruitment letter below with additional information about the study and what’s involved in case any of you are interested or know anyone who might be interested. It has been approved by the New School’s IRB (ethics committee). Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Thank you so much and I look forward to your feedback and contribution to this project!
Kalli Feldman, M.A.
New School for Social Research
Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology
80 Fifth Avenue, Room 606
New York, NY 10011
Seeking Transracially Adopted Asian Americans for Participation in a Research Study
Get Paid $40!
Purpose of Study
This project seeks to explore the role of race in the experiences of individuals born in Korea or China and adopted by White parents. Your voices and experiences will help to better understand if and how race plays a role in your lives and how race may or may not have been addressed in your family. As the rate of international adoptionscontinues to rise, your perspectives and recommendations will increase understanding about the wide range of experiences of transracial adoptees. The study aims to contribute to strengthening familyfunctioning and parenting among adoptive families, identify factors related to coping and resilience, and develop a sense of shared experience for adoptees.
Benefits and Risks of Participation
Your participation will contribute to adoptee-developed research that focuses on resilience and emphasizes the strengths of adoptees as factors influencing their experiences. In addition to monetary compensation, this study offers a unique opportunity to interact with other adult adoptees in your area. There are no more than minimal risks of this research, and your participation is completely voluntary.
About the Researchers
I am a doctoral student at the New School for Social Research in NYC. As the primary researcher, I was born in South Korea and adopted by two White Jewish parents. I aim to contribute to the research on transracial adoption using themes that emerge directly from the voices and perspectives of adoptees, who I consider to be the true experts on the transracial adoptive experience. All research data and procedures will be supervised and audited by my advisor, Dr. Doris Chang, Ph.D., a faculty member in the New School’s Clinical Psychology Department.
You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years or older, were born in Korea or China and adopted by White parents, and live in the NYC or DC area. You will be asked to meet twice with a small group of other adoptees born in Korea or China. The first group will be a guided discussion about your personal experiences and attitudes. The second group will be conducted at the conclusion of the study to present the findings and gain feedback from the original participants. I will be moderating the groups. You will also be asked to complete some short questionnaires regarding your background, experiences, and feelings regarding the group experience.
You will receive compensation of $20 for your participation in the first group and another $20 after your participation in the second group.
How to Get Involved
Please contact me at theadoptionstudy@ gmail.com if you are interested in participating, or fill out the initial pre-screening survey athttp://www.surveymo nkey.com/ s/599P5KQ. Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to your participation and feedback in this study.
Kalli Feldman, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Candidate