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.

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“Sleeping Together as a Family”

“Sleeping Together as a Family”

At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.

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Adoption Relationships

Keeping Our Children Connected

"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."

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Do Adoptees Struggle with Change and Transition?

"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."

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“And Now We Are Three”

Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.

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Ask the Doctor: How Do I Feed My Newborn?

Everything you need to know about bonding with and nourishing your child during feeding times, from an adoption medicine expert.

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One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.

Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.

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Interview with Deborah D. Gray about bonding and attachment.

Deborah Gray on Attachment

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.

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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

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.

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Toddler adoption can be tricky

“Will I Ever Be Able to Love This Child?”

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?

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Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

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Bonding with a second baby isn't always easy

“Not Love at First Sight”

When I became the mother to two, and then three, I learned that you can't love all your children in the same way. But you can love them the same amount.

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One mother's story of post-adoption depression.

“Do I Love Him Yet?”

Before adopting an older child, I had never heard of post adoption depression. That's why it never crossed my mind when I had trouble attaching to my son.

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