“My genitals have nothing to do with my parenting”: A qualitative study of trans adoption

dc.contributor.advisor Jordan, Tera R.
dc.contributor.advisor Lippard, Christine
dc.contributor.advisor Melby, Janet
dc.contributor.advisor Popillion, Amy
dc.contributor.advisor Lee, Daeyong
dc.contributor.author Bartel, Maya
dc.contributor.department Human Development and Family Studies en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-09T05:43:24Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-09T05:43:24Z
dc.date.issued 2022-08
dc.date.updated 2022-11-09T05:43:24Z
dc.description.abstract Researchers have reported the challenges trans parents face in pursuing foster and adoptive parenthood. These deficit-based approaches limit our understanding of trans families. Trans individuals repeatedly report interest in parenting and in adoptive parenthood specifically. A strengths-based approach to understanding motivations and decisions to parenthood and adoption is necessary to support trans adoptive families more fully. Another gap in the scholarly literature on trans adoption concerns sampling. Research on LGBTQ+ adoption largely focuses on lesbian and gay adopters, leaving little to no mention of the experiences of trans adopters. It is important to understand trans individuals in navigating adoption environments. Thus, the aim of this study is to explore the decisions, motivations, and adoption experiences of trans foster and adoptive parents and their partners. In the current study, I utilized hermeneutic phenomenology and conducted paired interviews to examine trans parenting couples’ experiences in navigating foster care and adoption. Four major themes related to how trans adoption are presented: parenting decisions, discrimination, support and resources, and changing the system. Implications for practice, policy, theory, and research are discussed.
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/td-20240329-28
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0003-2056-2476
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/jrl8EG2r
dc.language.iso en
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.subject.disciplines Individual & family studies en_US
dc.subject.disciplines Gender studies en_US
dc.subject.disciplines LGBTQ studies en_US
dc.subject.keywords adoption en_US
dc.subject.keywords decision-making en_US
dc.subject.keywords family en_US
dc.subject.keywords foster care en_US
dc.subject.keywords motivation en_US
dc.subject.keywords transgender en_US
dc.title “My genitals have nothing to do with my parenting”: A qualitative study of trans adoption
dc.type article en_US
dc.type.genre dissertation en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication
thesis.degree.discipline Individual & family studies en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Gender studies en_US
thesis.degree.discipline LGBTQ studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Iowa State University en_US
thesis.degree.level dissertation $
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
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