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Queer StepfamiliesThe Path to Social and Legal Recognition$
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Katie L. Acosta

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479800957

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479800957.001.0001

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Expanding Families

Expanding Families

(p.119) 4 Expanding Families
Queer Stepfamilies

Katie L. Acosta

NYU Press

This chapter highlights the respondents’ experiences in expanding their families, their priorities in doing so, and the legal barriers they faced. Some families chose to adopt children together as a stepparent household. However, in most cases adoption required one intended parent to pursue the adoption as a single individual. Some families chose to use assisted reproductive technology, which gave them the option to use the same donors used to conceive the other children they were raising. Despite their strategic efforts to resist the salience of biology for their families, the findings suggest respondents privileged a biological connection among siblings when possible. Acosta attributes this to the way biology (or the presumption of biology) remains the default measure by which laws in the United States define family.

Keywords:   adoption, assisted reproductive technologies, donor siblings, biological ties

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