1. Consent Forn

Why is this research being done?
This is a research project being conducted by Dr. Matthew Miller and Ms. Maria Luz Berbery at the University of Maryland, College Park. We are inviting you to participate in this research project because you are a White adoptive parent of an Asian child. The purpose of this research project is to learn more about parenting in transracial, international adoptions. In the future, our knowledge may contribute to the development of an intervention to help adoptive parents with the challenges that may arise in transracial, international adoptions.

What will I be asked to do?
The procedure involves filling out a one-time online survey that will take you approximately 15-20 minutes. You will access a link which will take you to the online survey on a secure server. Your responses will be confidential and we do NOT collect identifying information such as your IP address or your email address. The survey questions will be about parenting your adoptive child, and your beliefs and experiences about the importance of culture and race with your child. We will also ask for some non-identifying demographic information.

What about confidentiality?
We will do our best to keep your personal information confidential. To help protect your confidentiality, the surveys are confidential and will not contain any information that will personally identify you. If we write a report or article about this research project, we will write about trends in responses, not individual participants. Your information may be shared with representatives of the University of Maryland, College Park or governmental authorities if you or someone else is in danger or if we are required to do so by law.
What are the risks of this research?
There may be some risks from participating in this research study. You may feel uncomfortable with some of the questions because they are about your personal beliefs and how you are parenting your child.

What are the benefits of this research?
This research is not designed to help you personally, but the results may help the investigator learn more about transracial, international adoptive families. We hope that, in the future, other people might benefit from this study through improved understanding of adoptive families.

Do I have to be in this research? May I stop participating at any time?
Your participation in this research is completely voluntary. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to participate in this research, you may stop participating at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits to which you otherwise qualify.

What if I have questions?
This research is being conducted by Dr. Matthew Miller and Ms. Maria Luz Berbery at the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. If you have any questions about the research study itself, please contact Dr. Miller by mail at 3234 Benjamin Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, or through email at mmille27@umd.edu, or contact Ms. Berbery through email at mberbery@psyc.umd.edu. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or wish to report a research-related injury, please contact: Institutional Review Board Office, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742; (e-mail) irb@deans.umd.edu; (telephone) 301-405-0678. This research has been reviewed according to the University of Maryland, College Park IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.

Electronic Consent:
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Clicking on the "next" button below indicates that:
you are at least 18 years old;
the research has been explained to you;
your questions have been fully answered; and
you freely and voluntarily choose to participate in this research.

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