8. Kevin, Coming into Focus

On Getting to Know My Son

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Laura Newhart Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch8

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Newhart, L. (2010) Kevin, Coming into Focus, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • On Getting To Know My Son - Kevin's adoption by a family in the United States;
  • Kevin in a foster home - with one other child, referred for adoption by the agency;
  • Kevin's foster mother in Guatemala - communication between, being a huge language barrier;
  • Kevin's, being an active child - sleeping throughout the night;
  • United States Embassy in Guatemala;
  • Kevin's foster mother, bringing all clothes - that the adopted family had sent for him;
  • Kevin's initial good behavior in public - at the embassy but changing troublesome later;
  • Welcoming Kevin - “Welcome to the United States!”;
  • adoptive parent's experiences - and the questions of “realness”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Conception

  • Gestation

  • Labor and Delivery

  • Home

  • Note