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Assessing adoption applicants. Family and parenthood norms in adoption home studies

Assessing adoption applicants. Family and parenthood norms in adoption home studies.

In the creation of families through adoption the state has assumed the responsibility for safeguarding the best interest of the child. Therefore, presumptive adoptive parents are assessed in a homestudy carried out by a social worker. The aim of this research project is to scrutinize the adoption home study process by analysing home study documents as well as interviewing social workers and presumptive adoptive parents. The project has a discourse analytical approach and will address questions like the following: What kind of information do home study documents contain? What family norms are construed in them?

Although adoption is a research field that is growing quickly and that has increasingly recognized the role of the state and its authorities, research of adoption home studies in inter-country adoption is limited. By examining the role of the state in the creation of families through adoption, this research project will contribute to research not only on adoption, but also on family policy, the welfare state and children’s rights. Through a close examination of assessments that are difficult to make and that lead to life-altering significance for individual children and adults, it addresses issues of democracy and can thereby also contribute to the development of assessment methods.

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Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

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The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

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