This book provides professionals with the knowledge and advice they need to help adoptive families build positive relationships and help children heal. It explains how neglect, trauma and prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol affect brain and emotional development, and explains how to recognise these effects and attachment issues in children. It also provides ways to help children settle into new families and home and school approaches that encourage children to flourish. The book also includes practical resources such as checklists, questionnaires, assessments and tools for professionals including social workers, child welfare workers, and mental health workers.
About the Author:
Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social worker specialising in attachment, grief and trauma based in Kirkland, Washington, USA, and is also author of Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Todayís Parents. She grew up in an extended family with many adopted members. Her website can be found at www.deborahdgray.com.