Study On Orphaned Children In Poland

Dr. Rene HoDigibron1ksbergen is an internationally renown adoption expert from the Netherlands whom I met at the American Adoption Congress annual conference in San Francisco in March. His work in adoption dates back to 1972. In addition to his academic work, he is an adoptive parent and has sat on the board of a Dutch adoption agency. Since 1984 he has worked as a senior professor at Utrecht University.

He has written and collaborated on about 35 books, many reports, and a large number of articles in scientific and other journals, in the US and Europe. He still gives lectures in many countries, and appears often for discussions concerning adoption issues on television, radio and others.

So with his impressive background, I was very interested to learn that he had taken a particular interest in orphaned children in Poland (I don’t remember why; perhaps he’d adopted from Poland.) His latest piece, Children Without Parental Care in Poland, was published in June 2013. He is currently working on a study of the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on orphans in Poland. He also bought my book, read it in one evening, and told me the next day at the conference that I “got it right.” That was incredibly validating.

While I understand that this piece is specific to Poland, it’s quite possible that Dr. Hoksbergen’s findings are also relevant to children in other Eastern and Central European countries, not to mention Russia.

Here is the link to the article.

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3 thoughts on “Study On Orphaned Children In Poland

  1. There’s also the true-life tale of the Polish Pahiatua children — who were orphaned and made stateless by WW2 and sent to New Zealand on a ship where they mostly thrived, despite having endured terrible trauma.

    The children “witnessed the deaths of parents and siblings, experienced terrible deprivation, and lost years of education before finding themselves in an alien country on the far side of the world. And yet they learned the language, they assimilated, they became doctors, lawyers, farmers, factory workers, teachers, and businessmen”

    It’s wonderful that these terribly traumatized kids managed to grow up to be happy, successful, educated adults — and terribly sad that no one has managed to replicate this sort of success on a larger scale.

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