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The school environment can provide many opportunities for the child with an attachment disorder to fail at school, at home or both.    School is a primary area for the child to manipulate, triangulate and avoid the work of healing.  Teachers, administrators, social workers, paras and others can either assist the child in remaining sick or help the child to heal.  The first step
to take in learning how to provide the best educational structure is to educate yourself about attachment disorder.  The next step is to have a meeting of the educational staff, professionals, support workers and parents to discuss what the child’s needs are and how to meet these needs. 


Fact Sheet for Teachers

Overview of RAD for Teachers

Oil and Water

Homework

Consequences





AGENCIES

A common complaint by adoptive workers has been that if potential adoptive parents are informed that a child has an attachment problem, they will not adopt these children.  Adoptive parents have reported that what had caused them the most heartache and hardship is not knowing.  Not all potential adoptive parents are willing or able to parent a special needs child including those with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, 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 problems 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?

Adoption and Attachment Representations Study

The use of the Adult Attachment Interview: Implications for assessment in Adoption and Foster Care

Post-Adoption Services

Disruption

Providing Background Information to Adoptive Parents: A Bulletin for Professionals

Sibling Placement

The Potential Downside of Adopting Siblings

Dear Adoption Agencies

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




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