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

Practical Tools for Today's Parents

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Attaching in Adoption is a comprehensive guide forprospective 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 designedto enhance children's happiness and emotional health. It explainswhat attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children'semotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect,cooperation and trust. Parenting techniques are matched tochildren's emotional needs and stages, and checklists are includedto help parents assess how their child is doing at each developmentalstage. The book covers a wide range of issues including internationaladoption, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities,and combines sound theory and direct advice with case examplesthroughout.

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

Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social workerspecialising in attachment, grief and trauma based in Kirkland,Washington, USA. She grew up in an extended family with many adoptedmembers. Her website can be found at


Introduction: Equipping Parents of Children at Risk for AttachmentProblems

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





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