We are a research group at Columbia University interested in the connection between the mind and bacteria. We want to explore how early experiences change our bacteria, and how those changes may be linked to emotion in early life. For that reason, we are looking for children that have experienced a range of early experiences, including domestic and international adoption, and foster care, immigration to the United States with biological parents, and children born in the United States to their biological parents. We hope this information will help us learn how to support emotional health following challenging early life experiences.
The study can be completed from your own home, so children anywhere in the United States can participate.
What you will do:
We will send you a kit in the mail that you will use to collect a small (pea sized) amount of your child's stool (poop) and saliva. You will answer some questionnaires on your child's feelings, behavior, and diet. You send the completed samples and questionnaires back to us via the mail.
What you will get:
• $25 gift card
• Child Scientist Certificate.
1. 2-4 year old children and their primary caregiver
2. Families who have experienced any of the following circumstances:
a. Adoption (domestic/international)
b. Foster care