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Monday, November 7, 2011

STUDY on Adoption Reunions by Eileen Skahill

Master Thesis Project on Adoption Reunions by Eileen Skahill
Date: 21 Oct 2011
As part of a Master Thesis in Sociology, the principal researcher is looking for adoptees who have been in reunion for longer than four years. The researcher would like to obtain participants who are currently in an adoption support group, and participants who currently are not.  The research is qualitative in design and would require participation in open ended interviews roughly 30-90 minutes in length. The research focus relates to the participants' experiences/relationships with their natural siblings and other extended family members, rather than their experiences with their natural parents. This study is IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved requiring a signed consent form. All participants will be guaranteed anonymity.  If you are willing to participate, please contact Eileen Skahill at: or 719-510-5109. 


  1. It is ``approved`` by Institutional Review Board, meaning this is a gov´t institution. These are what got us taken from our families in the first place. They are known to twist things to say what they wish them to say. Be forewarned.

  2. I agree -- proceed with caution -- if you do contact this study!

  3. The Institutional Review is not a government institution. Every hospital and university has a board, generally made up of community volunteers, that must approve every research study. Saying the study is IRB approved just means that it is qualified to be used as a master's thesis at Eileen's university, because it follows ethical guidelines. I worked in research at a university hospital for years.


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