Family histories, family stories and family secrets: Late discoveries of being adopted

Gary Clapton*

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This paper reviews what we know about the experiences of adopted people who discover in later-life that they are adopted. It begins by discussing how and why various facets of the adoption experience have come to the fore over the 20th and 21st century time span of contemporary adoption. The paper concludes with the fact that research on the late discovery of adoption is in its infancy. It also points to parallels that will exist for people who have been conceived by anonymous donation and raises additional areas for possible research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalGenealogy
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • adoption
  • late-discovery
  • family secrets
  • shock and losses

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