Kansas ATTACh

Attachment related educational, advocacy, resource and support services.


Information For Case Managers

Three things are vital if a child with attachment disorder is to heal: 1) Attachment therapy, 2) Therapuetic attachment parenting and 3) Support. 

Providing Family Friendly Case Management

Providing Family Friendly Respite

Sibling Placement

The Potential Downside of Adopting Siblings

Wraparound Services Manual

Adoption Workers

Over and over, those working in the area of adoption, as well as others, have expressed a concern that too many children will be “labeled” as having an attachment disorder and having this “label will scare off potential adoptive parents.  Over and over, adoptive parents have stated it is not the “label” that has caused the problems in their home or even to some extent the disorder.  It has been not knowing why the child’s behaviors do not change or become worse after following the advice of giving lots of love and patience, proper parenting and therapy.  It is constant rejection by the child, being blamed for the child’s behaviors and all the time and energy invested in the child with no progress being made. Not all potential adoptive parents are willing or able to parent a special needs child including those with mental retardation, cerebal palsy, physical disablilities, learning disabilities, etc.  However when given information about the child’s needs and how to meet those needs as well as provided with ongoing support, many have and will decide they are willing and able to parent a special needs child, even a child with attachment disorder. 

Will not giving children a “label” of attachment disorder magically make their symptoms go away until the adoption is final?  Is it ethically responsible to keep information about the child’s mental health problems and needs from potential adoptive parents?  Is it really in the best interest of the child to place them with parents who are unable or unwilling to provide the parenting they need?  Is it the “label” that is scary or the horror stories presented by the media, the bygone years of ineffective treatment for these children that resulted in the belief healing for them was hopeless and the continued misinformation about this disorder and treatment?

Dear Adoption Agencies

What You Want and Don’t Want to Hear from Adoption Agencies

Links for Adoption Professionals

Information for Lawyers, Judges and State Child Welfare Workers




Implications for Infant Placement Decisions

An Update on the “Cycle of Violence”

Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development

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