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Adoption - A permanent solution for abandoned children (4)

Adoption - A permanent solution for abandoned children


Stefan Cojocaru


Lumen, 2005

Cod CED: 1584-5397-11(04)
Dimensiuni pp. 1525 - 1535


Presented at the International Conference Child Welfare in Ucraine, organized by United States Agency for International Development and Holt International Children's Service (3-4 November 2005, Kiev, Ucraine) 
Comentarii: The family is for a child the most appropriate environment for growth and development, as well as the place through which he/she accedes to human life, society, culture. We often face situations where the parents cannot or do not want to take on the responsibility of caring for children. For all these children, the separation from their family generates a profound trauma, with serious repercussions on the development of their personality. The child's social, psychological and affective development is influenced by the achievement of attachment and by the construction of the affective tie between child and mother.
The absence of parents and of a family environment causes an absence of normal feelings and emotions in the child, delays in the physical development,
behavioural deviations. There are three major elements in the case of separation: the length of the separation, the circumstances surrounding the separation and its causes, the type of care and the opportunities for development offered to the child after separation. For some, adoption is a solution for a child lacking a normal family life, lacking the relationship with the natural family, for others it is the possibility for a family to become whole, to become stronger, to have a future. If we think of the child, then the definition of adoption is centred on the child, if we direct our attention towards the family, then the definitions will highlight the dynamics of the family adopting, the motivation for adoption. Adoption is increasingly becoming more accepted in the community as a form of caring for a child within the family. in the period before December 1989, many of the families who adopted hid from the social stigma. Infertility was seen as a fault era and the adopting family was stigmatised by the community. Often the adoption was performed in secret and even the extended family did not know about it. Adopting parents used all kinds of strategies for simulating pregnancy and the preparation for childbirth, going as far as changing jobs and even moving house.