Lynne will be giving a paper at this study day being held by Tavistock Relationships (formally the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) in London on 2 December. Entitled "From Private to Public: Pathways to Parenthood via Fertility Treatments and Adoption" , the day will focus on the experience of couples for whom the journey to parenthood has not been straightforward, and who have enlisted input from fertility experts and/or adoption agencies. Lynne and three other specialists in the field of fertility counselling, adoption work, child and couple psychotherapy will look at the experience of infertility, mourning, fertility treatments, adoption assessment and the process of becoming adoptive parents, and explore how these experiences impact on the couple relationship. The event will include information-giving, case examples and links to theory.
This paper has made me so happy and excited for the future for children in care - This is a grossly under-researched area and I pray it will bring about the huge change required to place children needs at the heart of their own lives. I was almost reduced to tears reading it - so many of my concerns highlighted.
I hope you will be over-run with emails from foster carers who, like myself, have verbally expressed deep concerns over the process of moving children from carers to adopters - I know I am not the only one.
I'm anticipating a positive impact this paper has on social work procedures and ultimately on the children they serve.
This is an area of great interest to me and I would be willing to support your research in any way I can.
This topic has been gaining momentum in recent months. This news section includes some examples of recent coverage.