Forming initial attachments in adoptive families

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Forming initial attachments in adoptive families

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The first few hours or days of a child´s life is not all that important from the point of view of the child´s bond to the parent, the child´s developing of attachment. Attachment is a process that unfolds over the first years or so. It is a reflection of the sensitivity of parenting, parents who are more emotionally attuned, more sensitive foster a more secure attachment. We know from research that children placed as babies, within the first six months let´s say, show no differences in the quality of their attachment to their adoptive moms and dads than do non adopted children. So those first few hours although it may be important from the perspective of the parent to claim this child, to feel connected to this child, it is less important for the child.

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David Brodzinsky, PhD

Psychologist & Author

David Brodzinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also maintains an active private practice serving the clinical needs of children and families, including individuals who are part of the adoption triad. Brodzinsky has written and lectured extensively in the fields of developmental and clinical psychology and is an internationally known expert in the field of adoption. He is co-author of such well-known books as, The Psychology of Adoption, Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, and Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues.

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