The Experiences of Birth Relatives who Engage in Person-Centred Counselling Following the Loss of their Children to Compulsory Adoption or Foster Care
This study was concerned with exploring the meaning birth relatives gave their experiences of counselling following the removal of their children from their care. An exploratory research question was formulated and addressed using a qualitative approach. The involvement of a service user as expert supervisor added an important element and certain validity to the design, analysis and findings. Interviews took place with five birth mothers who had received counselling from one birth relatives counselling service. Three master themes were constructed from the data: From feeling alone, judged and let down to feeling part of a special relationship; “The healing process”; and “My children are my world”.
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