Introduction to Survey on Adoption and the Internet

Welcome and thank you for your interest in this survey about the impact of the Internet and social media on adoption. The Internet and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are changing much about the way adoptions take place and the ways people who are part of adoptions locate, connect with and keep in contact with one another. The goal of this research is to increase our knowledge about the ways people use the Internet to learn about adoption, achieve adoption and seek or maintain connections after adoption. The study is being conducted by Jeanne Howard, Ph.D. of Illinois State University and Amy Whitesel, Ph.D., of George Washington University. This survey is sponsored by the Donaldson Adoption Institute. The Institute is a non-profit research and education organization that works to promote ethical adoption practice and progressive adoption policy.

To be part of this research all you need to do is to complete the following survey. We estimate it will take about 20 minutes to complete.

This survey is confidential. We do not know who is completing the survey but as the survey contains some open-ended questions it is possible – if unlikely- that identity could be determined. All data are stored in a password protected electronic format. We do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. Our results will be aggregated – that is we will take the information provided to us by all those who participate and combine them to report what we have learned. Some of the questions in the survey are open-ended. This gives you a chance to tell us about your experiences in a way that isn’t limited by multiple choice answers. When we write our report based on the survey we may use some direct quotes from participants. If we use your quote, we will not use anything that might identify you.

Your participation is voluntary. There is, of course, no penalty for anyone who chooses not to participate in the survey or decides not to complete this survey. You can discontinue your participation at any time and there is no penalty for doing so. There is also no direct benefit to participants. There may be an indirect benefit though. You will be helping to inform the adoption field about the impact of the Internet on adoption. Your responses, combined with those of other participants, will help us better understand the new opportunities and the challenges that the Internet poses, and help those in the adoption field use the Internet in a way that benefits everyone involved in adoption.

Because adoption can be an emotionally complex process, responding to questions about the impact of the Internet on adoption could potentially cause discomfort to some participants. Should you feel discomfort in answering any question, select that you prefer not to answer the question and go on. As noted above, you can stop taking the survey at any time.

If you have questions about the study, please contact Jeanne Howard, Research and Policy Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute and Director of the Center for Adoption Studies at Illinois State University can be reached at or 309-438-8503. You may also contact Dr. Amy Whitesel at or 202-994-3802.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Illinois State University. If you have concerns or questions about the way in which the study is conducted, please contact Kathy Spence of the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance at (309) 438-2520.

If you have questions about the Donaldson Adoption Institute, please contact Director Adam Pertman at or go to the Institute’s website at

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