Books on Attachment for Foster Parents
The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and Wendy Sunshine – This is a very good parenting book for all parents regardless how their child joined the family, but it spends time on addressing the sometimes complex and confusing behaviors of foster/adopted children. I LOVE this book. It follows the basic philosophy: focus first on connections and then on corrections. After reading this book, you will feel hopeful and energized. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Purvis on the Creating a Family radio show.
Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children by Daniel Hughes – This book shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioral problems rooted in deficient early attachments. In particular, it addresses the emotional difficulties of many of the foster and adopted children living in our country who are unable to form secure attachments
Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors by Heather T. Forbes – Another great book which goes beyond the theory of why some children struggle to attach and offers a guiding hand and a heavy dose of hope for loving and parenting these children. We have interviewed Heather Forbes several times on the Creating a Family Radio Show.
Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka -This book offers ALL parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels, understand your child’s and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations. You can listen to an interview with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka on the Creating a Family radio show.
Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child by Dr. Gregory Keck. This book is packed full of great information on understanding children who have been abused and neglected. You can listen to my interview with Dr. Gregory Keck on the Creating a Family radio show.