Speranta : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
International adoption from Romania has been rapidly growing since the fall of communism in 1989. However, parents seeking to adopt rarely know the complexities of the emotional and behavioral problems of children who have been raised in the institutions from which they are adopting. This lack of awareness can seriously delay a child from being integrated into a new family, and without the proper knowledge of how to deal with these children, parents may not know how to help reverse the effects of institutionalism. Studies have shown that with proper intervention, institutionalized children can recover from some of the emotional and psychological effects of being raised with a lack empathic care. However, most parents do not know what these interventions are. Speranta will be a multi-activity program that will instruct the parents on how to conduct these interventions, as well as educate them on the actual problems. With the help of this program, parents will have the skills and awareness needed to help their adopted child.