This week’s topic: Adoption and attachment disorder
From the perspective of Forrest Lien, IACD Director and attachment disorder therapist
I’ve worked with adoptive families and adopted children for 35 years. Adoptions are wonderful opportunities for children to learn how to be “family kiddos” since they don’t have biological families to raise them. But it’s not always an easy road for the kids or their adoptive families.
Be knowledgeable, not naïve
Kids are individuals—each one has a unique history and reaction to adoption. Yet, many adoptions go awry because people idealize adoptions. They’re often naïve to the issues related to adopted children. Many adoptive parents bring their children to us with issues such as attachment disorder (aka reactive attachment disorder/RAD), childhood bipolar disorder, and other special needs.
If you or someone you know is considering adoption, please read and share What You Should Know Before You Adopt a Child.
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