Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood

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NYU Press, Jul 23, 2012 - Psychology - 251 pages
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When gay couples become parents, they face a host of questions and issues that their straight counterparts may never have to consider. How important is it for each partner to have a biological tie to their child? How will they become parents: will they pursue surrogacy, or will they adopt? Will both partners legally be able to adopt their child? Will they have to hide their relationship to speed up the adoption process? Will one partner be the primary breadwinner? And how will their lives change, now that the presence of a child has made their relationship visible to the rest of the world? 

In Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, Abbie E. Goldberg examines the ways in which gay fathers approach and negotiate parenthood when they adopt. Drawing on empirical data from her in-depth interviews with 70 gay men, Goldberg analyzes how gay dads interact with competing ideals of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering and accommodating heteronormative “parenthood culture.” The first study of gay men's transitions to fatherhood, this work will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those in the social sciences to social work to legal studies, as well as to gay-adoptive parent families themselves.
 

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Contents

Gay Parenthood in Context
1
Gay Men Turn toward Parenthood
25
Adoption Agencies the Legal System and Beyond
62
Mens Experiences Renegotiating Work and Family
95
Gay Mens Relationships with Family and Friends
131
Mens Experiences Stepping Out as Parents and Families in Their Communities
167
Conclusion
193
The Larger Study
203
Procedure
205
Interview Questions
207
Participant Demographic Table
211
Notes
215
References
219
Index
233
About the Author
235
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Abbie E. Goldberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University (Worcester, MA), and senior research fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (Newton, MA). She is the author of Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle and co-editor of LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice.

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