Your information will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law, with the exception of possible review by the Human Research Advisory Committee, the Department of Health and Human Services, and/or the Office of Human Research Protection. In this study, the survey will not collect any identifying information, and your responses will remain anonymous. If you want to be entered into a random drawing for a gift card, your email addresses will be collected using a separate link so that your responses to the survey remain anonymous. In addition, the findings of the study will only be reported in an aggregated form. Your responses to the questionnaire will be downloaded and stored in the investigator’s university computer, and this computer will not be accessible to any other individuals.
RISKS DURING PREGNANCY
There are no foreseeable risks for individuals with pregnancy.
There will be no direct benefits for your participation in the study. However, your participation will contribute to the improved understanding and support of birth parents and their experiences.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE STUDY
Your participation in the study is completely voluntary. You are free to refuse to participate in this study or withdraw from this study at any time. Your decision to withdraw will bring no negative consequences. Additionally, you are free to not answer any questions that you do not wish to answer, and/or stop the questionnaire at any time.
COSTS AND PAYMENTS
Participation in this study does not require any costs or payments on your part. Among those who want to be entered into a random drawing, 50 participants will be selected and offered a gift card worth $25 as a token of appreciation for their time and participation. At the end of the survey, a separate link will be presented, which will direct interested participants to a google form to collect their email addresses.
FUTURE USE OF DATA STATEMENT
The data collected in this study may be used in the future to pursue additional research questions. It is also possible that the collected data be shared with the adoption and research community at large to develop and implement supportive programs and services for birth parents. However, as the study does not collect any of your identifying information, your identity and other information will remain confidential in future use of data collected in this study.
The main researcher of the study is Dr. Eun Koh, an associate professor at The Catholic University of America School of Social Work. If you have questions or concerns about this study, please contact her as listed below:
Eun Koh, PhD
National Catholic School of Social Service
The Catholic University of America