Attachment is the process by which a child and their primary caregiver form a trusting secure relationship. Children are born completely reliant on their caregiver to meet their primary needs. Research suggests that the bond created by this reliance is the basis for successful future relationships. An insecure attachment to the caregiver can be predictive of future emotional struggles. Fostering a good attachment with your child is a responsibility common to all parents. However, adoptive parents some times face the added hurdle of parenting a child who has already experienced an insecure relationship.
Children who are diagnosed with attachment disorders often have co-occurring mental health and behavioral issues. It is important to note that Reactive Attachment Disorder and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder are distinct diagnoses that should be considered separately from a range of often co-occurring behaviors in children that have these diagnoses. It is important to consider conduct problems and oppositional behaviors as additional problems that need to be appropriately addressed, rather than as a component of the attachment disorder.
The following section includes information on ways that parents can built and improve their relationship with their child as well as specific information on the diagnosis and treatment of more severe attachment disorders.
Here you will find resources, stories and insights from other parents who have “been there” and access to additional information on research surrounding attachment related struggles are all available here.
We hope you find these resources and information helpful on your parenting journey.