My name is Heather and I am a mother of two special-needs children. I am also a full-time student at the University of Oregon, and a student researcher as part of the Sociology Honors Program.
I am writing to you today because of my research topic. I am researching families who have been forced to relinquish custody of their children in order for their child to receive necessary mental health services. I personally know of two families that this has happened to, and the knowledge that there are thousands more families like them is what motivates my research. The voices of the parents have not been heard in these cases.
I am looking for families who would be willing to be interviewed for my research. All information is kept strictly confidential. Interviews will be conducted by email or Skype. If you live near Eugene, Oregon, I would prefer to interview you in person.
My goal is to shine more light on this important subject and I hope that it can help start the process for policy change.
You can reach me through this forum site, or at
Thank you so much,