Making Families Through Adoption provides a comprehensive look at adoption practices both in the United States and in other cultures, and a general understanding of the practices and ideology of kinship and family. The subject of adoption allows a window into discussions of what constitutes family or kin, the role of biological connectedness, oversight of parenting practices by the state, and the role of race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic class in the building of families. While reviewing practices of and issues surrounding adoption, the authors highlight the ways these practices and discussions allow us greater insight into overall practices of kinship and family.

The Practices of Transnational Adoption

The practices of transnational adoption

In this chapter, we examine transnational adoption. We choose to use the term transnational rather than international or intercountry to describe these adoptions because doing so signals the importance of the ways that the flow of children from sending to receiving countries—like the flow of other people, things, capital, or ideas—mirrors pathways of power, authority, and inequality, this time on a global scale. Thus, while such movement of goods, ideas, and people is not unidirectional, it is true that some things and certain kinds of people are more likely to move in one direction rather than another (Riley 1997). In addition, transnational signals a more complex process than international; transnational adoptions are best understood as the ...

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