Study Information Sheet

KEY INFORMATION
This study will explore birth parents’ adoption experiences. If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey include questions on your demographic characteristics, your decision to place a child for adoption, and your adoption experiences. It is expected to take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete the survey. As the survey includes questions on your experience of placing a child for adoption, it may cause feelings of distress and discomfort. If this happens, you are free to decline to respond, and/or withdraw from the survey at any time. The information collected from this study will help to improve our understanding and support of birth parents and their experiences. Among those participants who want to be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card, 50 participants will be randomly selected and offered an e-gift card.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
You are invited to participate in the study as birth parents. In the study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study is to explore birth parents’ adoption experiences. The findings of the study will be used to improve our understanding and support of birth parents and their experiences.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCEDURES
In the study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey includes questions on your demographic characteristics, your decision to place a child for adoption, and your adoption experiences. It is expected to take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete the survey.

At the end of the survey, a separate link will be presented. If you click the link, it will direct you to a google form which asks for your email address. If you want to be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card, please provide your email address in this google form. If you do not want to be entered into this random drawing for a gift card, you do not need to click the link, and you can simply conclude the survey.

DISCOMFORTS AND RISKS
The survey includes questions on your experience of placing a child for adoption. This may cause feelings of distress and discomfort. When you feel distressed and uncomfortable, please feel free to decline to respond and/or stop the survey at any time. If you continue to experience feelings of distress and discomfort after the survey, we encourage you to seek professional services and resources near your location.
CONFIDENTIALITY
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.

EXPECTED BENEFITS
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.  

CONTACTS

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
Associate Professor
National Catholic School of Social Service
The Catholic University of America
koh@cua.edu
RESEARCH SUBJECT RIGHTS:  I have read all of the above.

I have been provided with the study information, and informed of the risks/discomforts and possible benefits of the study.

I understand that I do not have to take part in this study, and my refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of rights to which I am entitled. I may withdraw from this study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which I am entitled.                                                           
I understand that any information obtained as a result of my participation in this research study will be kept as confidential as legally possible.

The results of this study may be published, but my records will not be revealed unless required by law.

NOTE:

 
If I have any questions about the conduct of this study or my rights as a subject in this study, I have been told I can call The Catholic University of America, Office of Sponsored Programs 202-319-5218.

I understand my rights as a research subject, and I voluntarily consent to participate in this study.  I understand what the study is about and how and why it is being done. I can print and keep this study information sheet.
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