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Potrzeby dziecka w rodzinie adopcyjnej
The needs of the child in the adoptive family

Author(s): Michal Tunkiewicz
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Warszawska Prowincja Redemptorystów
Keywords: Family; adoption; child; requirements; adoptive family

Summary/Abstract: An orphaned child, who has no more opportunity for growth and development in its biological family, is often sent to an orphanage, or another residential institution devoted to this type of care. Children who in the beginning of their childhood are raised in these institutions do not always have a chance for good development because places like this are not always able to meet the children’s most important needs. Institutional upbringing often only consists of meeting their basic needs such as proper hygiene and providing food, but this is not enough to promote a proper physical, social or cognitive development of any child. For a proper development, the child psychological needs need to be satisfi ed and this is required for its well-being. These can only be maintained by providing security, love, belonging and an emotional contact with another person. All these needs can only be provided and guaranteed by a healthy family environment. For an orphaned child, the lack of its own family can only be compensated by an adoptive family. Adoption is the best form of care whereby a family assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parents. Adoptive families are the closest in its form to a biological family, and should be the most valued mean of tackling the problem of orphaned children in our society.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 294-302
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish