The Making of the Adoptive Family: Choosing Family

  • Riitta Högbacka


Högbacka investigates the formation of the Northern adoptive family, the focus being on the aims, hopes and manoeuvres of adoptive parents as they navigate the adoption system. The aim is to explore the process through which the adoptive family came into existence. The chapter thus concentrates on the early trajectory of becoming an adoptive family, demonstrating the unintended consequences of the laws of demand (for adoptable children) and supply (of such children) for the dynamics of family formation. In order to fulfil their family dreams, adopters are required to become rational and purposeful actors in a competitive market. The connections between kinning (of adopters) and de-kinning (of first mothers) are also explicated.


Foster Parenting Adoptive Parent Adoption Process Biological Child Adopted Child 
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  • Riitta Högbacka
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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