"Where's Your Man?": Intersectionality in the Adoption Stories of Two Black, Single, Female Sociologists

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Initially published in Michigan Family Review, 2017, Vol. 21(1), pp. 27-49

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mfr.4919087.0021.103


Although there is a small, but growing literature on Single Mothers by Choice (SMC) and adoption, sociological research on adoption by single Black middle- class women remains sparse. In this paper, we, as single, Black, female sociologists, offer an insider view of our journeys through the state and private adoption systems. This paper has three purposes: to (1) draw awareness to the raced, classed, and gendered aspects of the adoption experience, (2) explore the emotional challenges inherent in forming a family through adoption, and (3) examine social notions of “family” and how and why some families are systemically (de)valued within the U.S. It is our hope that the layers of our experience as Black single adoptive mothers by choice will help inform conversations about changing family dynamics in the U.S.




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.