Attachment disorders are perhaps the most widely discussed problems that result in serious challenges for our families, but there are many other events and behaviors can lead to difficult situations. These may require heightened sensitivity and/or outside help, from respite care to extraordinary interventions.
Disruption: What to do When Your Adoption is Failing
The sad fact is that adoptions do disrupt and dissolve, and the lack of guidance and procedures can throw families already stressed to the breaking point into chaos. Crucial information for families.
Divorce After Adoption: Practical Tips for Parents
Adopted children have, by definition, suffered previous loss. There should be special attention paid to meeting their emotional needs during this time. When you are going through this complex process, you have to continue parenting. Step-by-step suggestions and reminders.
Positive Steps for Families in Crisis
Facing impending crisis can leave families feeling helpless, often seeing only the negatives. There are forward-looking steps you can take to minimize or prevent crisis, or handle it when it does happen.
False Abuse Allegations
Child abuse is a national tragedy and greatly under-reported; however, many don't realize that one-third to one-half of all alerts turn out to be unfounded or mistaken. Dr. Rita Laws provides valuable information for adoptive and foster parents about why these allegations may occur, what they can do, and where to find help.
Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Parents and Group Homes provide a crucial service to children dealing with extreme challenges, and children served do not have to come from the foster care system.
Parenting The Sexually Abused Child
Advice, guidance and resources for adoptive and prospective parents from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.
Parenting Traumatized Adopted Children
A look at what constitutes trauma, and some loving parenting techniques to help, by Dee M. Paddock, M.A., NCC.
Proactive Parenting in Adoptive Families
Dee Paddock takes a look at how our children's anger, depression, and anxiety may show up and how parents can move past trying to "fix" things and onto dealing with the underlying problems.
An excellent online course from Kansas State University.
When Adopted Toddlers Reject Their Parents
Educator and author ("Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft") Mary Hopkins-Best looks at why and how rejection happens, and offers strategies to deal with it.