Attachment and Bonding

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Pseudo-bonding Read more
The Physical Counterpart of Bonding Read more
Bonding is Real Read more
Appellate Courts Recognize Bonding in Deciding Child Placement Read more
Conclusions Read more
References and Court Cases Read more
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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Brain Research Supports Bonding Read more
What is Bonding? Read more
Why is Bonding So Important? Read more
What Everyone Needs to Know about Bonding Bonding is a significant reciprocal attachment which both parties want and expect to continue and which is interrupted or terminated at increased peril to the parties involved. Read more
Definitions of Terms Why is it so important to define bonding in specific and objective terms? Two important reasons stand out. Read more
Bonding Defined In order to have meaning in court, the definition of bonding needs to be clear, specific, and objective. Read more
How Bonding Develops Bonding is a continuum, a progression from distance to intimacy. Read more
What Bonding Is Not Bonding is not everything. Bonding may be more clearly understood by differentiating it from what it is not. Read more
Sibling Bonding What about bonding between siblings? Children bond to one another over time in the same way it happens between children and adults. Read more
Contested Adoptions and the Role of Bonding Disputed adoptions may be decided on the issue of bonding vs. biological kinship. Read more
A History of Bonding Definitions Human bonding refers to the development of a close interpersonal relationship between family members or friends. Read more
Attachment The word attachment can have several meanings. Even in professional discussion, it is often loosely substituted for bonding, relationships, or affection. Read more
Multiple Attachments or Bonds and Conclusion What can be done when there are conflicting attachments or bonds? Older children may be significantly attached to birth parents, and subsequently, during their stay as foster children, they become significantly attached to foster parents as well. Read more
Modeling Attachment Parents may find it hard to relate to a child day in and day out without any emotional response. The child’s failure to respond is hard to take. Despite these difficulties foster parents can help. Read more

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