Helping to form bonds

MAKING LIFE EASIER: Jill Pedersen with her two eldest children. She aims to help parents bond with their adoptive children
MAKING LIFE EASIER: Jill Pedersen with her two eldest children. She aims to help parents bond with their adoptive children

Social worker assists adoptive parents

A mount Pleasant mother is using her firsthand knowledge of connecting with an adopted child to help make the process a little easier for others.

As a social worker and adoptive mother Jill Pedersen, 33, has seen a need for foster and adoptive parents and children to build a meaningful connection with each other.

Through a community outreach programme Pedersen is trying to facilitate this.

She now runs the Port Elizabeth branch of Ulutho, which develops a support and information network for adoptive and foster families.

This is done through informal gatherings of families, input by professionals, parent evenings and advice and referral sessions.

– Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

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