Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children who are Fostered or Adopted

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2007 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Nurturing Attachments combines the experience and wisdom of parents and carers with that of professionals to provide support and practical guidance for foster and adoptive parents looking after children with insecure attachment relationships. It gives an overview of attachment theory and a step-by-step model of parenting which provides the reader with a tried-and-tested framework for developing resilience and emotional growth. Featuring throughout are the stories of Catherine, Zoe, Marcus and Luke, four fictional children in foster care or adoptive homes, who are used to illustrate the ideas and strategies described. The book offers sound advice and provides exercises for parents and their children, as well as useful tools that supervising social workers can use both in individual support of carers as well as in training exercises. This is an essential guide for adoptive and foster parents, professionals including health and social care practitioners, clinical psychologists, child care professionals, and lecturers and students in this field.
 

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Speaking as an adoptive parent this is one of the best adoption books I have read! There are many books out there which explain the theories of attachment, but this is both one of the clearest and one of the most practical in terms of providing concrete parenting strategies to support different attachment styles. In addition, it is one of the few books that discusses parenting sibling groups of adopted children, and the additional challenges that imposes.
Highly recommended
 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
11
INTRODUCTION
13
Attachment Theory
21
A Model for Parenting the Child with Difficulties in Attachment Relationships Providing a Secure Base
93
A Model for Parenting the Child with Difficulties in Attachment Relationships Building Relationships and Managing Behaviour
155
REFERENCES
225
FURTHER READING
227
GLOSSARY
229
SUBJECT INDEX
233
AUTHOR INDEX
239
BACK COVER
241
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About the author (2007)

Kim S. Golding, MSc Clinical Psychology, DClinPsy, previously worked as a clinical psychologist at The Park Hospital for Children, Oxford, UK, and was an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK. She is currently a clinical psychologist with the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children (ISL) in Worcester, UK.

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