Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The intended audience for my blog is families who are looking to adopt children.  The goal is for them to be able to know what to expect when adopting children as well as have an idea of what the children may be feeling.

My first credible source is an article called "Genetic and Environmental Influences on Adult Life Outcomes: Evidence from the Texas Adoption Project" There are three authors for this article John C. Loehlin, Joseph M. Horn and Jody L. Ernst. The name of the journal is "Behavior Genetics" and the database I found it in is EBSCO.  I believe that this source is credible because it lists the authors and has an extensive bibliography of sources used to write the article.  The information presented is all factual.  It is based on surveys and detailed research.
This article is useful for my topic for multiple reasons.  It covers the topic of psychological issues in adopted children very well.  It includes a survey taken of children who were adopted when they were young and then again when they were older.  It goes into lots of details about what adopted children may face later in life as opposed to when they're young children.

My second credible source is an article called "Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons."  It is found on the http://www.childwelfare.gov website and the specific article can be located at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_adimpact.cfm .  This source is credible because for one it is from a government website.   It gives a valid list of resources and it was published in 2004 so it is still recent.   It is from the child welfare website so there's plenty of articles and publications out there to help families.  It is credible for my topic because it provides a lot of useful information on the emotional problems adopted children face.  It gives a list of recommended books for the audience to read that would also give more insight.  The information would give me a lot of knowledge on these issues adopted children face.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for clarifying your audience. Adoption is often a long process with many confusing situations to navigate along the way, so I think giving potential adoptive parents information is a wonderful goal.

    Your first source was credible, and I like how it gives you a perspective of what life is like for adopted children after they reach adulthood. You didn't mention it in your statement, but what I also found interesting is that the study also surveyed biological children in the families as well, so there was some comparison of siblings, biological and adopted, that were raised by the same family. There are so many variables to children growing up healthy and happy including parenting style, so the comparison of siblings helped control one of those variables. You had a good choice of source.

    For the second source, remember to give me the names of your websites in "plain" English. It is good that you found a government resource with plenty of references to back up the information. I like how practical it is for your audience of prospective parents since it gives a list of books that they could read. I wonder if we have any of these books in our ebook collection or library so you could use them for your project. Some of the titles on the book list and reference page looked quite promising for your own continued research.