My work on adoption has primarily focused on news and film media accounts of adoption in regards to lesbians and gay men, though this has extended to include analyses of children’s storybooks written about lesbian and gay families formed through adoption. More recently I have undertaken interviews with Clemence Due with Australian parents who had children through adoption. I have given testimony to senate inquiries on the topic of adoption and Clare Bartholomaeus and I produced the infographic below on the topic. Most recently I have written a piece for The Conversation on the topic of ensuring permanency for children removed from their birth parents.


Riggs, D.W., & Due, C. (2015). White Australian adoptive mothers’ understandings of birth cultures and familiesAdoption Quarterly.

Riggs, D.W. (2012). Intercountry adoption and the inappropriate/d other: Refusing the disappearance of birth familiesSocial Policy and Society, 11, 455-464.

Riggs, D.W. (2011). Let’s go to the movies: Filmic representations of gay foster and adoptive parentsJournal of GLBT Family Studies, 7, 297-312

Riggs, D.W. (2009). Race privilege and its role in the ‘disappearance’ of birth families and adoptive children in debates over adoption by non-heterosexual people in Australia. In D. Cuthbert & C. Spark (Eds.) Other people’s children: Adoption in Australia (pp. 161-175)Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Riggs, D.W. (2008). Reading interrelationality: The racial politics of academic researchDark Matters, 3.

Adoptions for website

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