The Organizational Model of Psychosocial Support of Substitute Families



The article presents the organizational model of psychosocial support for families with adopted children. We show that the organization of such support is considered in our country among the most important tasks of the state policy in the field of family support and protection of the rights of children without parental care. The methodological basis of this model is ecodynamic approach. We substantiate the necessity of levels in model of support of the replacement family in accordance with its needs and state. We reveal the content of the activities of social officers, algorithms of their interactions with family and with professionals in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental team. We present forms and methods of support service at every level. Particular attention is paid to psychosocial support for families with adopted children with disabilities, teenagers in pubertal crisis from families with kinship and non-kinship care, and siblings.

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Keywords: psychosocial support, levels of support, psychological target, orphans of complex category

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology


For citation: Oslon V.N. The Organizational Model of Psychosocial Support of Substitute Families [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2015. Vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1–13. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2015070201. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Veronika N. Oslon, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Developmental Psychology named after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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