Adoption & Culture

Journal of the The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture.

Adoption & Culture promotes understanding of the experience, institution, and cultural representation of domestic and transnational adoption and related practices such as fostering, assisted reproduction, LGBTQ+ families, and innovative kinship formations. ASAC considers adoptive kinship to include adoptees, first families, and adopted kin. ASAC provides a form for discussion and knowledge creation about adoption and related topics through interdisciplinary, culture-based scholarly study and creative practice that consider many ways of perceiving, interpreting, and understanding adoption. 


The Ohio State University Press

In 2017, through a cooperative effort of members of the executive committee of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture, the journal secured a relationship with The Ohio State University Press. Our first issue with OSUP is 6.1 Critical Adoption Studies, guest edited by Margaret Homans, part of our ongoing task to define and understand cultural constructions of nonbiogenetic family formation and their manifold effects. Our partnership has resulted in a redesign and relaunch that you can see here



Adoption & Culture appears biannually, and subscription provides access to the journal's content either in paper or electronically or both. To subscribe, click here. Library subscriptions through JSTOR or Project Muse create the most opportunities for access and we ask you recommend such subscriptions to your libraries by using this form. Subscription to the journal also includes membership in The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture. 



Adoption & Culture only publishes previously unpublished scholarly work addressing the intersection of adoption and culture in any discipline. Essays for consideration should be at least 7,500 words in length (about 25 double-spaced pages), should be formatted according to MLA 8th edition guidelines, and, since we use blind submission protocols, should have all identifying marks removed. Adoption & Culture also reviews scholarly texts about adoption in any field. Book reviews will be no more than 2,500 words (about 5 double-spaced pages) in length. Before committing to a review, please contact the general editor or the reviews editor. Unapproved reviews will not be accepted. To submit your work, click here.