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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.27 No.2 December 2003. -

The research deals with experiencing infertility and its consequences in the adoption

of a child and focuses on infertile couples that have wished to adopt a child and joined a

program preparing them to be foster parents. The results show that most of the infertile

couples experience infertility very much as being different from couples with children as

well as having to cope with the feelings of deep emotional loss resulting from the inability

to reproduce biologically. There is therefore the question whether these facts should

be taken into account by the profession i.e. social workers when dealing with child

adoption as, according to most of the respondents of our survey, the process of coming to

terms with infertility and its consequences is an important factor in establishing healthy

family relationships and the child’s identity within the adoptive family. We concluded

from the results of the research that the infertile couples preparation program for adopting

a child carried out by the Society of Adoptive Families »Deteljica«, is a comprehensive

autopoietic social workers’ answer to the needs of participants for a successful adoption

of a child, as it makes it possible to supply these future adoptive parents with the

requisite information and experience and provides support to the entire family upon accepting

a child in its midst, while its fundamental attribute is offering help to couples in

overcoming the traumas resulting from their infertility.

infertility; child adoption; social work; Slovenia



Author: Viktorija Bevc - Janja Jerman - Rok Ovsenik - Marija Ovsenik -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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