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    Receiving, or ‘adopting’, donated embryos to have children: parents narrate and draw kinship boundaries

    Tasker, Fiona and Gubello, A. and Clarke, V. and Moller, N. and Nahman, M. and Willcox, R. (2018) Receiving, or ‘adopting’, donated embryos to have children: parents narrate and draw kinship boundaries. Genealogy 2 (3), p. 35. ISSN 2313-5778.

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    Existing research suggests that embryo donation may be seen as similar to adoption by those who donate or receive embryos, or it may not. Our qualitative study explored whether having a child via embryo donation initiated kinship connections between embryo donor and recipient families as interpreted by recipient parents. Interviews were conducted with five parents from four families whose child(ren) had been born via embryo donation. All four families had an open-contact relationship set up with the couples who donated their embryos through an agency in the USA. Narrative thematic analysis of interview data and visual family map drawings were used to explore kinship conceptualizations. We conclude that the dilemma experienced by parents who have a child via embryo donation is to decide how to reconcile their child’s different genetic heritage, when gestation and upbringing both clearly boundary family membership solely within the recipient family. While some families were still struggling with this dilemma, one solution embarked upon by some parents when drawing their family map was to expand family membership, not only on the basis of genetics, but also via an appreciation of shared family and community values too.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): embryo donation, open-contact adoption, genealogy, genograms, family relationships, kinship, qualitative research methods
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Fiona Tasker
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 09:51
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2021 10:59


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