Adoptee and Foster Care Research Study


Courts, service providers, and the public do not know enough about how adoption and foster care affected the individuals who experienced them. It is time for this to change!

First Nations Repatriation Institute ( and Adoptees Have Answers have partnered with the University of Minnesota, to develop an anonymous survey ( to gather the stories of U.S. born adults who were adopted OR who spent at least 6 months (total) in foster care. If this is you, we hope you will share your stories so that others — professionals, family members and the general public — may better understand how adoption and foster care shape the lives of those most directly involved.

The survey asks some personal questions, but it is completely anonymous and does not collect any identifying information (such as your name, address, or email address). It will take as few as 45 minutes of your time, but your participation will benefit adoptees/fostered individuals, their families and community for years to come!

The anonymous web survey can be found at this link:

If you would like to take the survey on paper, please call or email a person listed below and we will send you an anonymous survey with a return envelope.

We need many voices, so please pass it on!

If you have any questions about the study, please contact us:

Sandra White Hawk
Director, First Nations Repatriation Institute
651-442-4872 or

Kate Ingalls-Maloney
Manager and Co-Founder, Adoptees Have Answers
952-374-7187 or

Carolyn Liebler, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
University of Minnesota
612-626-7252 or

If you would like to talk to someone other than us, please contact the Research Subjects’ Advocate Line for the University of Minnesota, D-528 Mayo, 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455; telephone (612) 625-1650 or email.



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