NOORDEGRAAF Martine, van NIJNATTENA Carolus and ELBERS Ed
'Assessing candidates for adoptive parenthood: institutional re-formulations of biographical notes'
Children and Youth Services Review 31:1, January 2009, pp 89-96, USA
Prospective adoptive parents who took part in a Dutch adoption assessment procedure were asked to write down their life stories. This article examines how this life story information is deleted, selected and transformed into a discussion topic in an assessment interview, and/or to include in a recommendation record. Detailed analysis shows how prospective adoptive parents demonstrate themselves to be 'normal people' with 'normal childhoods', and how life events are selected from the life stories to assess the coping qualities of the prospective...