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Attachment and Bonding in the Foster and Adopted Child

Attachment and Bonding in the Foster and Adopted Child

An important 2014 book by James Kenny, PhD and Peter Kenny, JD.

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ACT is an advocacy group promoting early permanence in a safe and timely manner for foster children through reunification or adoption.

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Bonding in the Child Placement Process

A Psychological and Legal Perspective

Published in the December 2015 issue of Policy and Practice
The term “bonding” is frequently used but rarely defined. Nationwide, more than 397,000 children live in foster care.(1) When a court decides where to place a child whose primary residence has been shattered, certain guidelines must be followed. However, the lines between blood and bond are not so clearly drawn when a foster parent files to adopt the child for whom they have provided long-term care, and a previously unknown blood relative emerges to challenge the placement. Whatever guidelines are used, the court must still understand the child’s best interests. How does the court weigh the genetic relationship against the parent-in-place? When properly defined and understood, bonding merits serious consideration. In short, bonding matters. The unnecessary disruption of existing bonds can have devastating consequences.

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Foster Parent Daily Journal

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We have published a 5th edition of our Foster Parent Daily Journal. This is a no-nonsense book by professionals and foster parents about how to navigate the system, deal with problem behavior, and be effective. It is available for the bargain price of $4.00 on Amazon.com.