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 biological child is common, however, adoptive parents may face an added hurdle of parenting a child who has experienced insecure relationships.

Children diagnosed with attachment disorders often have co-occurring mental health and behavioral issues. It is important to note that Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED) are distinct diagnoses that should be considered separately from a range of co-occurring behaviors. 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 parents can build and improve their relationship with their child as well as specific information on the diagnosis and treatment of more severe attachment disorders.

We hope you find these resources and information helpful on your parenting journey.

Articles on Attachment

Resources for Attachment

Recommended Reading for Attachment

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