And after the adoption?”: Needs and Interventions as seen by families and professionals.
This Symposium focuses on post-adoption and aims to accrue knowledge in the field, bridging the domains of clinical psychology and the child protection.
The challenges to being an adoptive family are multiple, and everyone involved in the process knows the risk of the family’ rupture after the child goes to live with the new family. The work of the professionals during the pos-adoption is very complex once it acts on different levels, giving support to the family and simultaneously assessing the well-being of the child, the adequacy of parents’ practices, and the quality of ties. The Symposium will include two empirical studies centered in the needs of the post-adoption life. The first study lays out the professionals’ perspective about the families’ needs and their experiences with the intervention during this period. The second one describes the adoption parent’s perspective about the post-adoption, to identify parenting strengths, weaknesses, and needs. These studies will provide important clues to improve post-adoption services, which in Portugal, despite being previewed in the law, the practices lack systematized and well-developed programs. The third communication introduces a new intervention approach, consisting in a Mindful Parenting Model for Portuguese adoptive parents. The symposium closes by putting forward some practices usually implemented within the first months of the child arriving at the new family and illustrating specific intervention strategies in this period, namely with a LGBT+ adoption families. A collaborative approach between professionals and families will also contribute to the openness of communication in the system and the coherence of the adoptee’s narrative identity, related to the child’s well-being.