OBG Editor’s Note: We’ve received an exciting call for participants in a new birth parent research project sponsored by University of Texas at Austin and The Donaldson Adoption Institute. If you qualify for this study, please consider participating. This study will help provide empirical data that can improve the pre-adoption counseling available to pregnant women who are considering adoption. Read the call for participants below from the researchers:


Dear Birth Parents,

You are invited to take part in a research study about the experiences of birth parents in the United States who have relinquished a child for adoption. The study aims to investigate the context and effectiveness of counseling practices offered to birth parents prior to placement. The survey is expected to take approximately 20-25 minutes.

Eligibility: Women and men who have relinquished a child for adoption in the United States during the last 25 years (after 1989) and who are over the age of 18 years of age.

Compensation: If you complete the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of six $100 gift cards when the survey concludes. By following the link below and completing the survey, you confirm that you are 18 years of age or older, have read this document, and agree to participate in the study.

Benefit to You: Your will have an opportunity to speak about your experience. This will help us to identify gaps in existing practices and help us to develop better approaches to helping birth parents through the adoption process.

To participate in the survey, please follow this link (from this document, hold the Ctrl key and click the link OR copy and paste the link into your browser):


Information gained in this survey will be completely confidential. That is, no individuals or organizations will be identified in the results or reports that come from the study. If you questions about participating in this study, please contact the researchers directly via email or phone: Elissa Madden, PhD – (254) 723-4545 or adoptionstudy@uta.edu. Please note that this study has been approved by the University of Texas at Arlington Institutional Review Board (IRB# 2016-0174).

We sincerely appreciate your time and effort to help establish better practices and make a difference in the experiences of other birth parents.

Elissa Madden, PhD, LMSW
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Arlington

Scott Ryan, PhD, MSW, MBA
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Arlington

Note: If you do not qualify for this study but know someone who might, please feel free to forward this message to them; however, we also ask that you keep the content of the message intact so that birth parents have all of the necessary information regarding the study. Thank you!