Research studies on adoption fail to consider the female adoptees experience of having their
own biological children. Most research on adoption focuses on birth mothers and adoptive
mothers in the adoption triad. This research study focused on the lived experience of female
adoptees which included the early experiences of the adoptees, the relationships between the
adoptees and their adoptive mothers, what occurred when the adoptees had their own children
and the adoptees subsequent relationships with their biological children.
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse the data gathered from
qualitative semi structured interviews. The participants in this study were enabled to discuss
their lived experience in an open and non-judgmental environment. The main themes identified
were the adoptees experience of being chosen as a baby, how the adoptees felt different
growing up and the realisation of meeting their first blood relative when they gave birth. Other
themes that emerged were the adoptees experience of empathy and anger for their birth mother
and an overprotection towards their own biological children.
It was concluded in this study that the experience of female adoptees when they give birth to
their own children needs to be researched further and that issues for adoptees do not end when
they have their own families.