Ellen Paladini-Stone

Research project: Large Sibling Group Adoptions: The Lived Experiences of Adopters and Adoptees


Sibling groups of three or more children experience some of the longest wait times to find permanent families though adoption. In many cases, some large sibling groups will never be adopted or will face separation from their closest familial ties - their brothers and sisters. This research is concerned with the experiences of those who lived in these large sibling group adoptions to gain a better understanding of these unique families. Parents who adopted large sibling groups were interviewed as well as adult adoptees who were adopted with two or more siblings. These experiences bring to life, in rich detail, the joys and challenges of these adoptions and can be used as a tool to help professionals and potential adopters alike in making life changing decisions for sibling groups in care. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Large Sibling Group Adoptions: The Lived Experiences of Adopters and Adoptees
  • Research supervisor: Professor Rick Hood
  • Other research supervisor: Dr David Nilsson


I have worked with children and families for over 15 years in a variety of roles both in America and the UK. In the UK, I have a great deal of experience in child protection and court work. I have a particular interest in adoptions and also worked on an adoption regionalisation project to join together the largest adoption region in England. I also work independently as an adoption trainer and assessor.  

Areas of research interest

  • Adoption
  • Children and Families
  • Sibling groups


  • Master in Social Work, School of Social Work, Indiana University, USA
  • Bachelors in Sociology, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, USA

Funding or awards received

  • Faculty Tuition Scholarship
  • Social Work Education Trust award