Nurturing Adoptions
514 pages, 6 x 9
5 tables
Release Date:15 Jan 2012

Nurturing Adoptions

Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Adopted children who have suffered trauma and neglect have structural brain change, as well as specific developmental and emotional needs. They need particular care to build attachment and overcome trauma.

This book provides professionals with the knowledge and advice they need to help adoptive families build positive relationships and help children heal. It explains how neglect, trauma and prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol affect brain and emotional development, and explains how to recognise these effects and attachment issues in children. It also provides ways to help children settle into new families and home and school approaches that encourage children to flourish. The book also includes practical resources such as checklists, questionnaires, assessments and tools for professionals including social workers, child welfare workers and mental health workers.

This book will be an invaluable resource for professionals working with adoptive families and will support them in nurturing positive family relationships and resilient, happy children. It is ideal as a child welfare text or reference book and will also be of interest to parents.

Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social worker specialising in attachment, grief, and trauma based in Kirkland, Washington, USA, and is also author of Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents. She grew up in an extended family with many adopted members. Her website can be found at


Part 1. The Issues of Neglect and Trauma in Today's Adoption

1. The Changing Nature of Adoption

2. Trauma, Stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Interrelationships

3. Neglect

4. Traumatic Stress – The Symptom Clusters

5. Early Relational Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Effects on Development

6. Trauma and Neglect – Double Insults

7. Attachment and Trauma/Neglect


Part 2. Putting the Pieces Together – Restoration after Traumatic Stress and Neglect

8. Common Ground: What Parents, Caseworkers, Teachers, and Therapists Can Do to Help

9. The Role of the Child Welfare/Social Worker

10. The Role of the Mental Health Worker

11. Structuring Careers and Practices

12. Creating Resilience in Children and Their Families




Useful Tools and Exercises


Resources and Recommended Reading


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