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Who Am I: The identities and Perceptions of U.S. Adult Adoptees Over Time

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According to the U.S. Department of State, from the 1990s to early 2000s, adoption within the United States (U.S.) has almost doubled and over 80% of those adoptions take place internationally. These statistics show that adoption has increasingly become a viable option for parents (United States Census Bureau 2011). Due to the lack of information in this area of study, I created a biographical sketch of the adult adoptee and pinpointed key events in their life on how adoption shaped their identity through interviews. I explored how adult adoptees form their identity while growing up in their “new” home and how this adoption identity affects their overall identity. First, I examined the process of how adult adoptees are introduced to their adoption identity and how they internalize it. Second, I explored the various identities that adult adoptees must navigate; this is particularly important for transracial adoptees as they must wrestle with the identities they form themselves versus the racial identities others around them emplaced on them. The third section focused on what many adult adoptees consider an important part of their lives; reuniting with their birth families and how they must reorganize their identity and how that affects them and their relationship to others. The final section will conclude with how adult adoptees perceive themselves today and what adoption means to them.
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Pearce, Jade. "Who Am I: The identities and Perceptions of U.S. Adult Adoptees Over Time" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p698137_index.html>

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Pearce, J. , 2014-03-27 "Who Am I: The identities and Perceptions of U.S. Adult Adoptees Over Time" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p698137_index.html

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Abstract: According to the U.S. Department of State, from the 1990s to early 2000s, adoption within the United States (U.S.) has almost doubled and over 80% of those adoptions take place internationally. These statistics show that adoption has increasingly become a viable option for parents (United States Census Bureau 2011). Due to the lack of information in this area of study, I created a biographical sketch of the adult adoptee and pinpointed key events in their life on how adoption shaped their identity through interviews. I explored how adult adoptees form their identity while growing up in their “new” home and how this adoption identity affects their overall identity. First, I examined the process of how adult adoptees are introduced to their adoption identity and how they internalize it. Second, I explored the various identities that adult adoptees must navigate; this is particularly important for transracial adoptees as they must wrestle with the identities they form themselves versus the racial identities others around them emplaced on them. The third section focused on what many adult adoptees consider an important part of their lives; reuniting with their birth families and how they must reorganize their identity and how that affects them and their relationship to others. The final section will conclude with how adult adoptees perceive themselves today and what adoption means to them.


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