Accompanying a parent adopting a disabled child by health professionals

Dziri Catherine
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Faculty of Medicine of Tunis, University Tuis El Manar

The Child Protection Institute (INPE) welcomes children without family support for adoption. The physiotherapist of INPE knows better the state and care of the handicapped child. Despite this, during adoption procedures, the physiotherapist has no intervention with adopting couples. Can this support help facilitate the adoption of disabled children?<br/>
From January to April 2018, 26 adopting couples were interviewed by a 4-axis questionnaire.<br/>
-The acquisition or not of knowledge about the experience of the institutionalized child and the consequences on his development.<br/>
-The meeting or not with health professionals during adoption procedures.<br/>
-The couple's satisfaction with the information related to the child's health status, issued by health professionals.<br/>
-The speakers most requested by the couple for an accompaniment.<br/>
2 groups were identified: Group A (9 couples agreing to adopt a disabled child ); Group B (17 couples refusing to adopt a disabled child).<br/>
Main of G A and G B couples cited health professionals as the most requested providers for support. According to G B, the adoption of disabled children is too hard. Most couples in both groups wanted to be guided in their future parent's role to the adoptive child's needs.<br/>
The physiotherapist contributes to the success of the adoption project for the disabled children.<br/>
Chicoine, J (2012). Adoption internationale : familles et enfants dits « à besoins spéciaux», Cahiers critiques de thérapie familiale et de pratiques de réseaux, vol.2, (n° 49), p. 155-183.
Verdier, P. Aucante, M (1997). Ces enfants dont personne ne veut, Paris : Dunod, p.26.

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