The Safest Place for a Child is in the Loving Arms of a Parent

Children without a family are at higher risk for trafficking, forced labor and abuse.



NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 61: The Healing Power of "Giving Voice"

Source: NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 61: The Healing Power of “Giving Voice”

th Children coming from situations of trauma, abuse, or neglect often experience the loss of their "voice" — their ability to voice their needs in a healthy way and trust that they will be met. Interventions for children from the "hard places" must include restoring voice, which in turn encourages trust, healing, and attachment. In the July 2013 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross explore what the loss of voice means for children, and how appropriate interventions and therapies can allow them  to give voice to their needs and experience healing within a safe, nurturing family. The article includes a brief list of recommended skills and strategies for parents and caregivers.

Click here to download the PDF of Adoption Advocate No. 61 or click here to view the web version.

Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood Presented by: Charles Zeanah, MD

Young children who experience serious adversity are at risk for long-term health and mental health difficulties. Serious adversity may result from absence of expectable environmental responsiveness, as in neglect and deprivation, or from presence of toxic stressors such as abuse or witnessing violence. In this session, we will consider both aspects of adversity, their effects on young children, and use in-depth case presentations to illustrate treatment approaches.

Dr. Charles Zeanah is the Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Dr. Zeanah’s academic interest has been in the area of infant mental health, particularly in understanding infants’ development in the context of the infant-parent relationships. He conducts research on the effects of abuse, neglect, serious deprivation and exposure to violence on young children and on interventions designed to help them recover.

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