Years of working with at-risk adopted children have taught us powerful truths about how to forge a strong parent-child connection. When children have experienced maltreatment or neglect prior to adoption, the idea of family may be confusing to them.
Bonding and Attachment After Adoption - Advice & Personal Stories
Stories and advice from parents and adoption experts about bonding and attachment with a newly adopted child.
"A lot of people didn't believe," Ms. Horton said. "But I believe in my child. And his therapist believed."
When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.
"Moments after bringing our new puppy home, I understood that raising this dog would begin to create a history for our new daughter, would lodge her firmly within our family. A family pet conjures notions of family ties, of belonging."
At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.
Could our loving home help this hurt, angry boy, or was it already too late?
"We visit and communicate directly with their foster family. These efforts help our sons build and sustain important relationships. They have already experienced too much loss and grief in their young lives."
"My daughter has greater difficulties with transitions than her friends who were born into their families. If we know a transition is coming, we prepare."
A noble view of adoption, with me as rescuer, had little to do with the reality of creating a family.
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.
Everything you need to know about bonding with and nourishing your child during feeding times, from an adoption medicine expert.
Take steps to babyproof your home now—before your baby is able to get into trouble.
We’ve been reading a Big Brother book to our three-year-old son (adopted at birth) to prepare him for the arrival of a six-week-old sister.
My seven-year-old daughter, adopted at age three, can’t fall sleep without skin-to-skin contact (stroking her arm or back).
The two-year-old we’ve adopted lived with her birth mother, and had never been around men before. She wants nothing to do with my husband, which hurts him greatly.
How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.
Adoptive Families sat down for a Q&A with attachment guru Deborah Gray. When will a parent know a bond is in place? How can working parents solidify their connection with a newly adopted child? We asked these questions and more.
My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.
Formulas, nutrition, and feeding — everything you need to know about filling your child's tummy.
When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?