Cape Town Adoption Support is run by Jean Luyt.
I am contactable on 082 872 0192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a clinical psychologist and adoptive mother who is passionate about the need for children to be raised in families. I am excited by the possibilities adoption offers to create stable families for vulnerable children in South Africa.
I aim to demystify the process of adoption, so that those who are considering adopting, can make the decision to adopt with all the necessary information and support.
Parenting an adopted child requires expert parenting, and the ability to anticipate the needs of the child in relation to their adoption. I have been working with adoptive parents for many years, supporting them to grow their parenting skills and increase their awareness of the complexities of raising an adopted child, particularly a transracially adopted child.
I also work with adoptees, both within their families and individually.
One of the biggest challenges to adoptive families and adoptees is feeling isolated and misunderstood. Finding spaces to share experiences with other adoptive families and other adoptees is the most appropriate and effective way to support people affected by adoption. Groups, whether social or therapeutic, offer opportunities to develop the strength of adoptive families and to face the day-to-day challenges in our personal relationships and in parenting our children.
Cape Town Adoption Support (CTAS) aims to offer support to the adoption community of Cape Town in a range of ways, including sharing information about adoption, supporting adoptive families psychologically, increasing the awareness of the public about adoption and networking with relevant stakeholders to collaborate on important campaigns including lobbying and research.
- Individual therapy for adult adoptees.
- Individual or couple therapy for adults considering adoption or parenting adopted children.
- Family therapy for adoptive families struggling with emotional or behavioural difficulties of their children. Family therapy is based on a developmental approach, in which challenges are understood within the developmental stages and tasks of the child in the family. It aims to reduce pathologising the child, focussing rather or supporting the family to help the child achieve the next life task.
- Group therapy for potential adoptive parents. This is a slow open group to facilitate an exploration of the issues that impact on their decision to adopt in a supportive environment. We deal with getting both partners on the same page, dealiing with extended family, considering which social worker or agency is most appropriate to your needs, what to expect from the screening process and managing the anxiety of waiting.
- Group therapy for those parenting adopted children. The groups aimed at adults who have adopted children focus on parenting adopted children, maintaining good relationships with their spouses and managing interactions with the public. We deal with talking to your child about adoption, celebrating important adoption events, dealing with sibling issues, managing interactions with inquisitive public and dealing with racism.
- Group therapy for adult adoptees. This slow open group, aims to explore issues surrounding being adopted and how this impacts on your relationships, your identity. We try to understand relationships with adoptive families to increase honest communication and getting the support that you need. We support those looking for biological families and navigating these relationships.
- Group therapy for adolescent adoptees. This closed group aims to support adopted teens at a time when identity issues raise the adoption-related issues anew. We explore relationship with adoptive parents and siblings, dealing with questions from others and exploring your own identity.
For support, join the online Facebook support group “Passionate about Adoption” http://www.facebook.com/groups/108112469210569/ where people support each other online. This is a closed group for adoptive parents or adult adoptees. Moderators monitor the discussions to facilitate wide discussion and restrict inappropriate or offensive content.
I am based at the Newlands Therapy Centre in Newlands, Cape Town and charge R1000 per session for family and couple therapy, R950 for individual therapy and R300 per person for group therapy. This can be claimed from medical aid, in you have medical aid – depending on your plan and benefits for the year.
Information about the groups or to make a booking contact Jean Luyt.
Telephone: 082 872 0192