Gera Ter Meulen

Researcher and EurAdopt Representative from The Netherlands

Gera ter Meulen’s work focuses on making scientific knowledge about fostering and adoption accessible to policy-makers and practitioners. She has both professional and personal experience of international adoption. From 2008 to 2016 she coordinated ADOC, the Knowledge Centre for Adoption and Foster Care at Leiden University, close to the Chair of Adoption Studies, and continued this work in her private Knowledge Bureau ter Meulen. Gera ter Meulen scans the scientific research on adoption and foster care and enables the field to access relevant results through her website, newsflashes and presentations. For the 2016 EurAdopt conference, she conducted a study with Leiden University on the satisfaction of Dutch adult international adoptees. Based on her scientific expertise, she shared her critical comments on the Joustra report on abuses in intercountry adoption with the Dutch ministry and was awarded the Pieter de la Court Prize by the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2022 for her scientific contributions to public debate.