Adoption and Jewish Identity Project:  Adoptee Questionnaire

Welcome

 

Are you an adoptee between the ages of 18 and 36, who was raised in a family that identified, at least in part, as Jewish? If so, we're interested in your story!

In the coming year, the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project (AJIP) will conduct a research study in which we will gather stories from young adult adoptees raised in Jewish families around the United States. Adoptees will be able to share their experiences and perspectives in a variety of formats. Anyone may submit his/her story either in writing or using other media (audio, video). We will also be conducting 15-20 in-depth interviews with selected individuals, as well as a number of focus groups. The stories we collect through this research will be used for a book about the complex identities of adoptees raised in American Jewish families. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this project.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please give us more information about yourself in the following questionnaire, which should take about 15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will help us identify a diverse group of adoptees who represent today’s many types of adoption, family composition, relationships with birth heritage, and Jewish identities and backgrounds. It will also ask you to indicate in which format(s) you prefer to share your story.

Completion and submission of this questionnaire implies that you consent for us to use anonymously the information you provide here. We will not use your name unless we obtain your explicit written permission to do so and we will not share your name or contact information with any other parties.

Please note: You do NOT have to identify currently as Jewish in order to participate, and your completion of this questionnaire does not obligate you to participate further.

If you later choose to share additional information with us, either by submitting a story in writing or another medium or by participating in an interview or focus group, you will be asked to sign a release form pertaining to that material. You will be given the opportunity at that time to indicate whether you wish to be identified by name in the book or to remain anonymous.

Although you will receive no financial benefit, your participation may contribute to a better understanding of how adoptees and their families think about the complex issues of identity formation and what their experiences have been within the Jewish community.

The possible risks or discomforts of the study are minimal. At most, you may feel some discomfort recalling any difficult feelings and/or incidents in your experience as an adoptee and within the Jewish community.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact us at adoptionandjewishidentity@gmail.com. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact Nan C. Regina, Director, Human Subject Research Protection, Northeastern University, 960 Renaissance Park, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-5000; Tel: 617-373-7570; irb@neu.edu. You may call anonymously, if you wish.

The Adoption and Jewish Identity Project is dedicated to improving the lives of adoptees raised in Jewish families by creating broader understanding of the unique religious, cultural, and identity issues they and their families face. AJIP is directed by Dr. Jennifer Sartori and Dr. Jayne Guberman. Sartori is Associate Director of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, and Guberman is an independent scholar and oral history consultant.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Completion and submission of the questionnaire implies that you have read the information above and consent to take part in this research.

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