Attachment and bonding are important topics when discussing adoption placements. Many children who are eligible for adoption have experienced trauma to one degree or another. This can result in the need for compassion, empathy, and patience with adopted children in regard to attachment and bonding.
It is helpful for adoptive families to have a good understanding of the difference between healthy secure attachments and insecure attachments and what parents can do to encourage secure attachments with children who have come into a family through adoption. This will look different with each child and will depend on the ages and developmental stages of a child. Please visit the recommended links to gain a better understanding of attachment and bonding in adoptive families.