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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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COSTA, Nina Rosa do Amaral  and  ROSSETTI-FERREIRA, Maria Clotilde. Becoming father and mother in a late adoption process. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.3, pp.425-434. ISSN 0102-7972.

A new culture of adoption emerges in Brazil, which searches a family for a child, instead of a child for a family. This proposal holds new family, maternity and paternity projects. In it, new meanings are attributed to being father and mother, distinct from the traditional consanguinity model. Late adoptions are clearly inserted in this context. To understand the processes of building adoptive motherhood and fatherhood in those circumstances, it is important to investigate the meanings produced while becoming father/mother. This paper focuses on the discursive production of a couple when interviewed at home, during the late adoption process of two sisters (4 and 5y.o.). The meanings produced in the conversation are presented, on answering the question on how it was to be father or mother at that moment. The analysis points towards the specificities of becoming father/mother during late adoption, the difficult and fragile construction of bonds and the need for post-adoptive support.

Keywords : Adoption; motherhood; fatherhood; network of meanings; discursive practices.

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