When Parents Struggle to Attach to Their Adopted Child
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.
- 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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Image credit: Jake Przespo