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Scott Gfeller


Adoption is the process by which an adult legally becomes the parent of a child. This results in the child having the protection of a family and the same rights as a biological child. In Mozambique, there is a lack of research concerning the parenting practices of adoptive parents. This study was conducted to identify the parenting styles of Mozambican adoptive parents to determine if these parenting practices affect the well-being of the adopted child. In this qualitative study, data were collected through virtual interviews with four adoptive parents. Interviews were transcribed manually, and participants confirmed the accuracy of the information provided. Participant responses reflected that parents preferred an authoritative parenting style to ensure positive well-being and treat adopted children in the same manner as they treat biological children. Participant responses also reflected a lack of support from society and social services in Mozambique. This study showed a need for more research on adoption in Mozambique. Social services need to be provided with adequate tools to support adoptive parents during and after the adoption process. The findings in this study have potential implications for positive social change by providing enlightenment regarding the need to improve the knowledge base on adoption in Mozambique to ensure that all Mozambican children grow in a healthy environment.

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