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A mother bonding with her child.

“How We Bonded with Our Child”

“How We Bonded with Our Child”

All prospective adoptive parents wonder whether they'll be able to attach to heir newborn baby before adoption. AF readers describe their concerns—and what they did to alleviate them.

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An adoptive mom cuddles with her newly adopted baby to promote bonding

Parents Share: “My Best Bonding Advice”

Adoptive moms and dads share their best advice for bonding with a newly adopted child, from taking time off to never leaving a child to cry it out at night.

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an adoptive mother listens to and learns from her child

Lessons I’ve Learned from My Children

Over decades as a foster and adoptive parent and an adoption social worker, I have mothered and supported hundreds of children. Each one has taught me more than I passed along to them. Here is just some of that wisdom.

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author Billy Cuchens and his son Jayden snuggle together at home

“My Snuggle Boy”

When we adopted our son as a toddler, he rarely displayed emotion and wouldn't show us any affection. How far my big, cuddly 10-year-old has come!

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A parent bonding with adopted baby

Share Your Story: Domestic Adoption and Attachment

We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?

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healthy attachment

Into the Safety of Our Hearts from Hard Places

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.

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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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A mother starting the attachment cycle with her son

25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children

How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.

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Bonding with a baby doesn't always happen immediately

“The Fierce Feelings of Motherhood”

In this personal essay, the author reflects on the surprising fierceness of feeling like a mom.

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