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The Outside-In Fathers: The Single Man's Rough Road to Parenthood

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Published in the Winter 2016 Edition of VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review)


Adam Pertman mention: "Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families—and America, and president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, believes that even a well-meaning social worker will generally choose a single female applicant for a child over a commensurate single male. At the crux of this phenomenon, he thinks, is cultural conditioning: “Men aren’t the primary caregivers—that’s the stereotype. So if a man adopts, is he really going to care for the child?”"


Article Introduction:

Rick Whitaker says he’s always known how he would start a family. He remembers a boyhood drive past an orphanage with the man who was maybe not his father, an Air Force vet named Rodney, who preferred to go by the name Butch. 


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