Regional Support to Italian Parents in Children Inter-Country Adoption

TitleRegional Support to Italian Parents in Children Inter-Country Adoption
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsOldani C, Pancino B
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published03/2018
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordsinter-country adoption, parent satisfaction, parent support, regional differences

This paper analyses an important component of well-being among inter-country adoptive parents in Italy: their perceived satisfaction related to the support by specialized operators (accredited bodies and public social services) before and after the child arrives in the family. In 2015, 280 adoptive families took part in a survey answering to a detailed questionnaire—the first of its kind in Italy—on their adoption experience. Results highlight that there are geographical differences in the support by specialized operators perceived by adoptive families in Italian regions. This confirms that if parents are informed about the challenges of their parental experience by professional social workers, their self-confidence increases, and this is associated with feelings of satisfaction. Some initial implications of these results are given for public social services and accredited bodies