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Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Abbie Smith, LCSW specializing in adoption and the Director of Clinical Services at Holt International.

 

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • One of our most popular and poignant blogs was based on a question we received. Title is “I Feel Like a Beast, but I Don’t Love My Adopted Child
  • Attachment is a two way street.
  • How often do you see families where it is more that the parent than the child that is struggling to attach?
  • What are some of the reasons you see for parents not feeling attached to their adopted child?
  • Not enough time has gone by-growing in love vs. falling in love.
  • How long does it take to form the bonds of attachment after you adopt a child?
  • Unrealistic expectations.
  • Feeling unappreciated by the child.
  • Impact of trauma, including physical or emotional trauma and prenatal exposure.
  • Mismatched temperament.
  • Post adoption depression. What are some signs? How long after the adoption?
  • Unresolved infertility grief.
  • What are some signs of a failure of parental attachment?
  • What can a parent do when they do not feel attached?

 

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