Title page for ETD etd-11162005-003854

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rivers, Emily Barbara
Author's Email Address eriver1@lsu.edu
URN etd-11162005-003854
Title Adoption in New Orleans: What Agencies are Doing to Promote It
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lori Boyer Committee Chair
Eileen Meehan Committee Member
Lisa Lundy Committee Member
Margaret DeFleur Committee Member
  • single mothers
  • infertility
  • birth control
  • tribulations
  • unwanted pregnancy
  • demographics of adoptive parents
  • demographics of birth parents
  • unplanned pregnancy
  • media portrayal
  • competition
  • history of adoption
  • grounded theory
  • adoption process
  • adoption and marketing
  • social marketing
  • media campaigns
  • adoption in Louisiana
  • adoption and ethics
Date of Defense 2005-11-07
Availability unrestricted
Unplanned and unwanted pregnancies are a national concern in the United States. In addition, many people exist who would like to become parents, but cannot or do not reproduce biologically. While adoption could offer a solution to this problem, the actual number of adoptions that take place is very small.

This study examined what adoption agencies in the New Orleans area are doing to promote themselves to women with unwanted pregnancies. In-depth interviews were conducted with five adoption agencies. Three of the five agencies reported using various methods of targeting women with unwanted pregnancies. These methods included public posters, flyers distributed in various public places, feature stories in newspapers, radio spots, and television commercials. Two agencies did not target women at all because they did not have a need to do so.

In addition to providing information on their methods of targeting, the respondents were also able to provide useful ideas and information on aspects such as competition among adoption agencies, demographics of birth and adoptive parents, adoption and the media, limitations agencies face, and ethical considerations in adoption. The majority of the adoption agencies did engage in methods of targeting. Yet, they felt that more could be done if the financial resources were available.

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