“Somewhere out there”: Parental Claiming in the Preadoption Waiting Period

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Journal Article

This article describes the process of parental claiming expressed in multiple interviews conducted with 35 infertile couples waiting to adopt a child. Parental claiming is the special kind of emotional and intellectual work that adopting couples do prior to placement to make someone else's child “somewhere out there” their own. It involves creating an object to claim, undermining the primacy of blood ties, and transforming someone else's child into the right child for them. This kind of work is particularly important to social actors who aspire to statuses to which they know they are not clearly entitled. © 1993, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sandelowski, M; Harris, BG; Holditch-Davis, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 464 - 486

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-5414

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-2416

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/089124193021004003

Citation Source

  • Scopus