Attaching in Adoption
400 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:15 Jan 2012
ISBN:9781849058902
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Attaching in Adoption

Practical Tools for Today's Parents

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Attaching in Adoption is a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and  care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment.

This classic text provides practical parenting strategies designed to enhance children's happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children's emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation and trust. Parenting techniques are matched to children's emotional needs and stages, and checklists are included to help parents assess how their child is doing at each developmental stage. The book covers a wide range of issues including international adoption, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities, and combines sound theory and direct advice with case examples throughout.

This book is a must read for anyone interested in adoption and for all adoptive families. It will also be a valuable resource for adoption professionals.

Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social worker specialising in attachment, grief and trauma based in Kirkland, Washington, USA. She grew up in an extended family with many adopted members. Her website can be found at www.deborahdgray.com.

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Equipping Parents of Children at Risk for Attachment Problems

1. What is Attachment and Why is it Important?

2. Challenges for Children and Parents

3. What Children Have Already Learned About Attachment

4. Grief and Its Effects

5. Trauma and Traumatic Loss

6. The Impact of Cultural Change

7. Other Complications for Attaching

8. Emotional Development: Promoting Attachment at Every Phase

9. The Shape of Progress

10. Relaxing the Grip of Anxiety and Control

11. The Fairness Factor

12. Building Emotional Intelligence

13. Forming a Team of Support

14. Getting Professional Help

 

Epilogue

Appendix

Resources

Index.

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