Attachment Issues with Adoption
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General Information on Attachment:
- Frontline has
released a report about the sharp rise in psychiatric diagnoses and
medication among children called The Medicated Child. The
report and a parent's guide can be found here.
- Books by Deborah
Attaching in Adoption and
Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma. Simply the
best! Attaching in Adoption is written for parents and Nurturing
Adoptions for professionals, but you can't go wrong with either of
them. I would recommend starting with Attaching in Adoption, and
then decide if you need Nurturing Adoptions. Perhaps you might want
to ask your library to buy or order it through interlibrary loan
for you to review before you buy it. I love her books!
- "Top Ten Tips for Creating
Attachment in the First Year after Adoption" by Deborah
- Audio radio show
on This American Life on Reactive
Attachment Disorder in adoption. The title of the show is
Unconditional Love. It is quite good. It lasts 27 minutes. It is
the second piece of this show, so you need to skip to around 9:30
minutes. The first section is also a quite interesting segment on
the research on children's need for love. You can listen for free
or buy a download for $0.95.
- The Institute
for Attachment & Child Development is a treatment and
educational institute. Their website has educational resources for
- Attachment Disorder Site
was created by an adoptive mom whose son was diagnosed with an
attachment disorder. She compiles resources for families facing
- The Center for Family
Development, in Western New York, specializes in the treatment
of adopted and foster families with trauma and attachment disorder.
Their website contains articles and other educational materials for
- Reactive Attachment
Disorder is a great website for understanding attachment issues
all along the spectrum of attachment disorders.
- Attach China
website is dedicated to educating parents about post- adoption
issues, especially those relating to RAD and Post-Traumatic Stress
- Attachment and Trauma Network
National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to
improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized
children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
- Attachment.org is the home of the Nancy Thomas
Parenting Site. This site offers information on adoption/attachment
and bonding issues, and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). It is
also the official home of Families by Design, providing educational
materials and seminars.
- A4everfamily.org has LOTS of
information on diagnosing and treating kids with attachment issues.
The site is more focused on infants and babies and is more dogmatic
than is my taste, but it is still a valuable resource. I would
suggest reading it with an open mind and taking what makes logical
sense to you and disregarding the rest.
- The Trauma and
Attachment Report is a weekly online research report published
out of York University in Toronto. Its purpose is to provide
clear, accurate information to members of the community, on the
topic of interpersonal trauma.
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- The Attachment Disorder
Support Group provides education and online support groups for
families affected by attachment disorders.
- The Little Prince is a well
designed and run site by a mom with a child diagnosed with RAD. Her
goal is to create a warm and friendly environment for other RAD
parents and she has certainly done that. Check out the Venting
Letters page--powerful stuff. There is a state by state listing of
therapist recommended by other parents and a daily
- RadKid.Org provides resources and mutual
support for those parenting children with Reactive Attachment
Disorder. The site is full of resources and has an associate forum
site for parents to share their journey.
- Yahoo Groups: Spirited Child,
Parenting Reflections (the Beyond Consequences Group), Post-Adoption