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:
- The Connected Child: Creating Attachment in Adopted Children (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Karyn Purvis)
- Attachment in Adoption is a Two Way Street (blog)
- Building the Bonds of Attachment with Adopted Children (1hr radio interview with Dr. Dan Hughes)
- Creating Attachment with Your Adopted Child in the 1st Year (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao)