ATTACHMENT AND BONDING
TECHNIQUES TO PROMOTE ATTACHMENT
Information, preparation, and support before and after adoption assist parents to deepen their emotional bonds to the child. Understanding the barriers to attachment experienced by their child may help parents make decisions about child care, returning to work, and other practical matters. The parent's direct involvement in caregiving is the critical foundation for building attachment. Extraneous caregivers, day care providers, and well-meaning assistants should be minimized as much as is practical, especially in the early months after adoption.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.