To foster, develop and promote a new clinical intervention paradigm inspired in a Relational Model and in the assumption that facilitating the baby's attachment to its family will have significant repercussions throughout its development.



1. The Brazelton/Gomes-Pedro Foundation for Baby and Family Sciences has the goal of 'promoting, developing and sponsoring research projects and activities; training and scientific/technological, social and cultural, dissemination in the area of Baby and Family Sciences'. In this context, the Foundation's intention to contingently converge scientific objectives that may inspire an essentially preventive clinical intervention is undoubtedly innovative. The ground-breaking character of the Foundation's mission lies mainly in its proposal to reform traditional clinical concepts on how to approach the newborn, infant and young child and their respective families. Particular attention is given to strengthening bonds and identifying the child's and family's resilience.

2. The Baby Sciences paradigm is represented in Brazelton's 1973 creation of an innovative way of assessing the newborn, shared with the family, known worldwide as the 'NBAS' (Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale). The other paradigm, more in line with Family Sciences, is the 'Touchpoints' Model. This model presupposes that the identity of each child and family may operate as an inspiring factor in clinical intervention, and aims to build an alliance between professionals and the baby's parents, so as to generate a healthy and committed parenthood. These two paradigms form the areas of activity of the Brazelton/Gomes-Pedro Foundation for Baby and Family Sciences.

3. Thus, one of the priorities of the Brazelton/Gomes-Pedro Foundation for Child and Family Sciences is to intervene at a national scale to support families at the time of birth, the second Touchpoint of life. Indeed, this is the ideal time to build a passionate bond and a stronger relationship based on a shared discovery of the baby's identity, namely in what respects the baby's neurobehavior, personality, temperament and resilience. The potential of constructing a more committed sense of parenting will have significant social and emotional consequences, hopefully carried out in articulation with policy makers, namely in the fields of Health, Education, Psychology, Sociology, and particularly present in a university culture projected in its multiple educational offers.

4. Article 3 of the supplementary Document to the Foundation's deed describes the various areas of activity the Foundation wishes to carry out under its mission. The educational and training components envisaging a new Education that strategically intervenes with the Family - namely in providing support for prenatal, birth and other 'Touchpoint' periods in the newborn, infant or child's life cycle - are highlighted.

5. Neste contexto, deverá a Fundação promover iniciativas com vista:
  • a) Sponsor and promote scientific activities in the context of the above-mentioned innovation areas;
  • b) Execute, promote and sponsor research and training in the different areas under its mission;
  • c) Gain and promote public awareness of its activity, namely through scientific projects, prizes and titles awards, and book editions;
  • d) Execute, promote or sponsor conferences, colloquiums, seminars, socio-professional congresses, debates and any other public actions within its mission;
  • e) Promote professional training within the scientific research domain related to its scope of action;
  • e) Promote professional training within the scientific research domain related to its scope of action;
  • g) Carry out, promote or sponsor editorial activities that relate to its goals;
  • h) Develop diverse scientific activities, including the management of financial resources allocated to science projects;
  • i) Execute, promote or sponsor any activity necessary or relevant to the Foundation's pursuit of its goals.

6. All Foundation activities have the underlying goal of securing awareness of a Child Culture that may inspire Portuguese society as a whole.

Article 4 of the Foundation's Bylaws regulates cooperation. Items ONE and TWO highlight what is envisioned in terms of cooperation, given the Foundation's origin and purpose.
  • ONE - The FOUNDATION's activities shall be guided towards public services of a scientific, social and cultural nature. The FOUNDATION shall follow, on a non-profit basis, the guideline of using its own resources to cooperate with cultural, education, science and social welfare departments of central, regional and local Portuguese administrations, as well as other bodies, namely Foundations, Universities and scientific and cultural Institutions, with the aim of achieving maximum social and scientific returns from this interaction.
  • TWO - The envisioned cooperation shall favor three institutions - Santa Maria Hospital - North Lisbon Hospital Center, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon and the University of Lisbon, - as well as Luso-American scientific relations within the scope of the Foundation.

The organization and operation of the Foundation are guaranteed by five bodies - the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors, the Executive Board, the Scientific Board and the Supervisory Board. and social aspects in the Foundation's areas of action.