Attachment Issues with Adoption
Attachment is the process of forming emotional bonds between parent and child. For healthy emotional development throughout life, the child must attach to her parents, but it is just as true that the parent has to attach to the child. Attachment is not necessarily automatic with children adopted past infancy, but attachment can be taught and learned. There are activities and attachment parenting techniques that can help both children and parents bond.
Creating a Family has extensive resources on Attachment Issues in Adoption, both to help the child attach to the parents and to help parents attach to their children. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Talking With Our Kids About Their Losses During Co-Vid 19 Shutdowns (blog post, from our CoVid-19 series)
- Using This Time of Shutdown to Develop Resiliency in our Children and our Family (1 hr. radio show w/expert, from our CoVid-19 series)
- How to do Connected Parenting While Quarantined (1 hr. radio show w/expert, from our CoVid-19 series)
- Beginner’s Guide to TBRI (guest blog post)
- When Parents Fail to Attach to Their Adopted Child (blog post)
- Attachment 101 (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Fun & Simple Ways to Develop Attachment (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Suggested Books on Attachment and Attachment Issues for Adoptive Parents
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on attachment can be found at the icons below.
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