Building the Bonds of Attachment with Adopted Children

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By Dawn Davenport

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Attachment is vital to emotional development. What can adoptive parents do to build the bonds of attachment with their adopted children? Join guest Dr. Dan Hughes, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with attachment issues. He is the author of five books including Building the Bonds of Attachment and Attachment-Focused Parenting.

Highlights of the show

  • How much of an issue is attachment in different types of adoption (domestic, international, older child, etc.)?
  • How does the inter-uterine environment affect a child?
  • How does fetal alcohol syndrome affect attachment?
  • Tips on building attachment with young children
  • How can parents transition an adopted child to a daycare program without ruining attachment bonds?
  • How can parents help their children work through attachment issues?
  • How important is it for parents to make sure they are taking care of themselves?
  • What can parents do when they feel like they do not love their adopted child as much as their biological child?
  • How long is normal before parents feel attached to their children?
  • Why do some children have an easy attachment process and other children have a difficult attachment process?
  • Attachment issues in biological children.
  • Unevenness in attachment
  • Can attachment issues appear later in life?
  • How can parents find a good attachment councilor for their children?
  • Attachment issues with trans-racial adoptions

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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Heart of the Matters Website and Courses are Updated and Refreshed

October 2016

Course Spotlight: Because They Waited

 

 

  • Quality: 10 hours of Hague compatible education

  • Refreshed:  Renewed with updated resources

  • Convenient: Mobile access

The Because They Waited™ education system is online with modules covering topics pertinent to individuals adopting a baby or an older child, internationally or through foster care.  Modules present "The Science" in a user friendly format, followed by "The Parenting" which offers concrete parenting tools.   "Wrap Up and Resources" as well as study materials are also provided for each topic.
Topics covered include:
Promoting healthy brain development
Sensory processing and sensory integration
Parenting to a child’s "real age" vs. chronological age
Understanding the internal alarm
Building attachment
Race and Culture
 
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Fostering Successful Attachment in Intercountry Adoption

By: Madison Howard

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Introduction

Attachment is the glue that establishes the connection between a child and a parent. When a child is born and remains with a biological parent, bonding and attachment begin immediately. With adoption, however, that is not always the case. In intercountry adoption children often face multiple broken attachments, causing them to lack the foundation on which to build healthy relationships later in life. In cases of adoption, early attachments are too often disrupted or broken. Positive, consistent relationships with early childhood caregivers and, later, adoptive parents can help reestablish a child’s healthy attachment abilities.

The Basics of Attachment

To understand how to foster healthy attachment for children adopted internationally, it is important to understand the heart of the subject at hand: attachment theory. According to Bowlby, a pioneer in attachment theory, attachment is a biological, motivational system that develops within humans during our early years of life. This system is what stimulates children to try and find security, support, and care from specific "attachment figures" in their lives. In her first year, when the child becomes selective about which person she seeks out to provide these things, "selective attachment" occurs. This person the child has selected becomes a "secure base," meaning that she will use this person as a "home base" of sorts to venture out from and return to at any sight of "danger." When parents cultivate healthy and secure attachment relationships within their children as infants, they in turn cultivate an "internal felt sense of safety and trust, and an emerging sense of the self." Attachment, then, is not only important to relationships with parents and family members, it is also essential to children’s forming relationships in the world around them.

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WEBINAR: Attending to Needs, Connecting for Life: Dr. Purvis on Attachment

Thursday, February 4, 2016; 7:00 PM CT

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Join us as Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.

With her naturally warm style, Dr. Purvis will share insights to help us better understand and connect with each other.

She will provide practical tips to building a foundation of love, support and security to help your family thrive.

Specific topics include:

  • Connecting principles for attachment needs
  • Techniques to connect with your child at different developmental stages
  • Correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors

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By the way, we’ve launched a new portion of our website this new year. It is a special section dedicated to our webinars/webcasts. Let me know what you think!

All the best,
Kirby

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NEW WEBINAR: Attending to Needs, Connecting for Life: Dr. Purvis on Attachment

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:00 PM CT

REGISTER NOW

Join us as Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.

With her naturally warm style, Dr. Purvis will share insights to help us better understand and connect with each other.

She will provide practical tips to building a foundation of love, support and security to help your family thrive.

Specific topics include:

  • Connecting principles for attachment needs
  • Techniques to connect with your child at different developmental stages
  • Correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors

Click here to register now.

Powerful Truths About FASDs and Little Heroes

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Missed the recent webinar on FASDs? No Problem.

In case you missed the recent webinar, The Powerful Truths About FASD, featuring Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff and hosted by Mike Berry of Confessions of a Parent: Hope and Humor from the Trenches, please enjoy this free link to the recording.

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Little Heroes: An Educational Comic Book for Parents and Children

Little Heroes #4: Sensory IntegrationLittle Heroes is a series of stories written about children who face a variety of challenges in their everyday lives. The series is meant to guide you, through story and pictures, to help children understand why they feel the way they do based on problems that are beyond their control. Each comic book is accompanied by a Parent’s Guide that provides a much fuller explanation of each of the comic book topics.
All of the Little Heroes books are based on true stories of children and families treated by Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff and his clinical team. The comic books engage children by providing fun illustrations with easy-to-understand stories and can also be used as coloring books. Little Heroes #1: FASDs includes educational games and puzzles.

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Check out our online store for more resources on FASDs, attachment, prenatal care, adoption, and more.

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Evaluating Special Needs to See Which One is a Good Fit

Source: http://creatingafamily.org

By Dawn Davenport, Creating A Family

14579061482_3fa469671b_z-1 The world of special needs adoptions can be confusing. Parents need to explore the different types of special needs to determine which conditions and issues they can handle and which needs are beyond their comfort level to parent. Our guest, Dr. Mary Staat, director of the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati’s Children’s Medical Center, will walk us through the treatment, prognosis, and long term impacts of the most common special needs. The specific special needs discussed in this show include: cleft lip/palate, the most common heart deformities in infants, limb differences, amniotic band syndrome, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, attachment issues, RAD,  imperforate anus, ambiguous genitals and albinism.

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New Webinar: Attachment-focused Parenting

Featuring Dr. Dan Hughes, renowned attachment expert

Attachment-focused Parenting: Create a PLACE with your Children

Thursday, February 5th
7-8:30pm CST

 

Don’t miss Dr. Dan Hughes as he speaks about attachment-focused parenting!

Secure parent-child attachments are essential to healthy child development, but often adoption can present challenges to the process.

World renowned attachment expert Dr. Dan Hughes shares family-centered strategies using the PLACE framework (Playfulness, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy). These strategies will help you learn how to connect to your child as a toddler, tween and teen and maintain a secure attachment relationship.

Topics covered:

  • Advice on connecting with your child through their development
  • Expert insights into attachment and attunement
  • Information on finding professional support and resources

Have you heard about Adoption Parenting Pathways?

Adoption Parenting Pathways is the perfect way for adoptive families to find local resources online.

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Creating A Family: Attachment Podcasts for you!

attachment%2006-26-2013 Attachment is the process of of forming emotional bonds between parent and child. For healthy emotional development throughout life, the child must attach to her parents, but it is just as true that the parent has to attach to the child. Attachment is not necessarily automatic with children adopted past infancy, but attachment can be taught and learned, and there are activities and attachment parenting techniques that can help both children and parents bond.

Creating a Family has extensive resources on attachment in adoption. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Last Chance to Register: Tired of Timeouts Webinar

Webinar Series for Adoptive Families

TOMORROW NIGHT: Discipline and Attachment in Adoption

Thursday, September 4 – 7:00 PM CT

Tired of Timeouts: Discipline, Attachment and the Adopted Child

Traditional methods of discipline not working? Wondering how to effectively discipline your child?
Parents of adopted children – children who have experienced loss – often need to consider alternative ways to discipline their children. Focusing on attachment while disciplining your child will help correct behavior and keep a strong connection with her.

Join Dafna Lender, LCSW, Clinical Director of the Theraplay Institute, as she helps parents:

  • Understand common challenging behaviors adopted children may exhibit at each developmental stage
  • Discipline in a way that fosters learning and helps your child accept your guidance
  • Move away from rewards and threats of punishment

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