Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute
The Rudd Summer Adoption Research Institute hosted an incredible group of 24 graduate students, postdocs, and recent faculty for a week-long intensive journey into adoption research issues and techniques. At the end of the workshop, everyone was named Rudd Adoption Research Scholars; their cohort will now have opportunities to network beyond their week together.
The 9 faculty presenters covered issues such as workflow and data management (Scott Long); longitudinal data analysis (Aline Sayer); inclusion of race, class and culture in adoption research design and interpretation (Amanda Baden & Ruth McRoy); couple and family level data analysis (Holly Laws); conducting research with LGBT adoptive families (Abbie Goldberg); secondary data analysis and research funding (Hal Grotevant & Kirby Deater-Deckard); and research dissemination to broad audiences (Jesus Palacios).
Participants shared some of their own research in a poster session which was open to the public on day 3. This poster session provided a great opportunity for participants to learn about and discuss the work being done by other emerging adoption scholars. The Institute hopes for many future collaborations that come out of these discussions!
A trip off campus to visit the Treehouse Community in Easthampton, MA also took place on day 4. Treehouse is an intentional, intergenerational community with the goal of supporting families who are fostering or have adopted children from the public foster care system. Participants shared dinner and great conversation with some of the Treehouse staff and community members. Community members shared their stories about how much being a part of the Treehouse community means to them.
Throughout the course of this institute, participants gained valuable knowledge and skills that will aid them in their future work. The Institute is grateful to all of the instructors who were willing to come and share their experiences and expertise with the next generation of researchers.