Parental pathways provides therapeutic support to all those involved in the adoptive triad, birth parents adoptees, and adopting parents. The process of adoption is a complex psychological and emotional experience requiring particular consideration and a specialised approach. The impact adoption has on attachment separation, loss and reunions underpins the integrative approach we take to those impacted in the adoption triad.
“Intimacy is possible if the loved one can be allowed to be separate: we can allow ourselves to get close if we feel autonomous enough not to fear engulfment or attack, and to know that separation does not mean that our loved one is lost forever’. (Holmes,2001)
“In all of us there is a hunger marrow-deep to know our heritage to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning…and the most disquieting loneliness’. (Alex Haley,1976)
“Unresolved grief interferes with forming new attachments, thereby inhibiting continued positive growth and change… facilitating the grief process we help counteract factors that work against developing new attachments” (Fahlberg, 1991)