Adopting a child in times of COVID-19: Challenges and potentialities
The COVID-19 pandemic, and its consequent reorganization of family dynamics, appeared as a unique socioecological context to explore the impact of “family time” in its various elements, especially when they go through specific stages of the family life cycle. Since the way in which parents and children respond to the requirements of the transition and post-adoption periods are crucial to the success of the adoptive family’s adaptation, it is relevant to explore the challenges and potentialities perceived in the integration of the child in the adoptive family resulting from COVID-19 pandemic and associated social restrictions. This will allow to re-think recommendations and working practices to support children and families during the transition to adoption.
To explore both adopters’ and adoption professionals’ views regarding different aspects of the child’s integration into their new adoptive families in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely:
- the challenges faced by adoption professionals and adjustments that have been made to adoption practice;
- the benefits and difficulties that emerged from COVID-19 pandemic for the adoption transition process; and
- promising practices for service providers working with this population, both within pandemic and free-pandemic contexts.
Isabel Pastor | SCML
Margarida Rangel Henriques | UPorto
Stephanie Alves | ProChild CoLAB