Adoption Information
Attachment and Bonding

The Whole Life Adoption Book
Jayne Schooler
This book offers encouragement and practical information to help you respond to your adopted child’s unique struggles and your own feelings of inadequacy or frustration. It addresses such issues as attachment, adjustment and identity and provides "ten essential success factors for healthy adoptive families."

When Love is Not Enough
Ellen & Veronica Notbohm & Zysk
The 7 chapters in this book offer strategies and considerations regarding sensory integration, communication and language, behavior, daily living skills, social skills, teaching and education, and Special Education law. Not a book on theory, it offers page after page of practical, Martha Stewart style ideas that you or others working with your child can apply.

Adolescents and Attachment Difficulties (2 Audiotapes)
Gregory Keck Audiotape
Interruptions that occur early in childhood cause specific difficulties in adolescence. In this approximately 3 hour recording of a 2001 presentation, Keck examines attachment problems and adolescence from developmental perspective and discusses strategies for parenting and treating the adolescent who has experienced such interruptions.

Achieving Success with Impossible Children: How to Win the Battle of Wills
Dave Ziegler
This book for parents, from the author of Raising Children Who Refuse to be Raised, discusses working with challenging children in various settings. It provides numerous case examples, practical applications, and hands-on suggestions, and includes chapters on mastering responsibility, positive discipline, violence, trauma, trauma therapy, attachment, residential treatment, and school success.

Fostering Changes: Myth, Meaning and Magic Bullets in Attachment Theory
Richard Delaney
In this 3rd edition of the classic "Fostering Changes," Delaney addresses parents' concerns about their children who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, a condition related to early abuse, neglect, and/or sexual exploitation. He underscores how parents and others can help children understand and reduce acting-out behavior, increase their capacity to express feelings and needs in words, improve willingness and ability to negotiate differences, and enhance positive encounters with parents.

Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love Based Approach to Helping Attachment-
Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors
Heather T. and Bryan Forbes and Post
This book is divided into three parts – "The Principles of a New Understanding;" "Seven Behaviors Based in Fear;" and "Parenting Bonus Section." The middle part devotes a chapter each to “Parents Appear Hostile and Angry;” “Lying;” “Stealing;” “Hoarding and Gorging;” “Aggression;” “Defiance;” and “Lack of Eye Content.” It might be useful for any one of those chapters.

Ghosts from the Nursery
Robin Karr-Morse
This book offers startling new evidence that violent behavior is fundamentally linked to abuse and neglect in the first two years of life. Using case histories of “children who kill,’ along with the latest in brain development research, the authors show how infancy is the stage during which foundations for trust, empathy, conscience and lifelong learning and thinking are laid down or during which a predisposition to violent behavior is “hardwired” into the brain.

Broken Spirits Lost Souls: Loving Children with Attachment and Bonding Difficulties
Jane Ryan
In the first of its three parts, Ryan describes “The problem,” but the bulk of this book is the stories of families who are raising children with attachment and bonding difficulties. The third part, “Some Solutions,” is in three chapters, “The Professionals and Their Therapies,” “Meeting the Families’ Needs,” and “Faith, Hope, and Conclusions.”

Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
Robert Karen
Dr. Karen explores such questions as: What do children need to feel that the world is a positive place and that they have value? What are the risks of day care for children under one year of age, and what can parents do to manage those risks? What experiences in infancy will enable a person to develop healthy relationships as an adult?

Attachment Issues for Children Under Five Years Old (Audiotape)
Regina Kupecky and Greg Keck Audiotape
Attachment issues have their roots in the first few years of life but are often undiagnosed and therefore untreated until much later. The presenters discuss the causes, characteristics, and some interventions to help infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parent(s).

Building the Bonds of Attachment
Daniel Hughes
This book exposes the tragedy of the unattached child, using a composite figure, Katie, a fragmented, tormented, isolated girl in foster care who is filled with terror, rage, shame and despair. It realistically portrays the experiences of poorly attached children and offers practical strategies for helping them overcome their difficulties.


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