Lecture on Adoption by Paul Sutherland

In this fascinating lecture Paul Sutherland equates early relinquishment of the infant from the birth mother as a developmental post -traumatic stress disorder.  Unlike most traumas this type of developmental disorder has no pre-trauma personality. For instance in the case of an accident, or the experience of a Veteran in combat, the person recognizes they have experienced a significant change in personality before and after the traumatic...

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Adoption Journey Talk by Dore Frances

Dore Frances PhD and Educational Consultant helping educate families about out of home placements for over nineteen years and is very passionate about her work with families. You can find more information about her services at www.horizon familysolutions.com. Dore Frances was adopted at birth, and specializes in assisting families with adopted children and those with attachment disorders. In this article, reprinted with her permission from  her...

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Attachment Article Published in TPI Newsletter

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2014 issue ofViewpoint, the newsletter of The Psychotherapy Institute,” www.tpi-berkeley.org. Exploring Effective Parenting of Teens: An Attachment Perspective By Cindy Rasicot, MFT  Adolescence is a challenging time for parents and teens. Parents often come to therapy distressed about how out of control they feel with their son or daughter. They talk about overreacting and wishing...

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Podcast on Unconditional Love This American Life

I was moved to tears yesterday listening to Daniel’s story, adopted in Rumania as an older child. Daniel had attachment issues and couldn’t bond in relationship to his parents due to his early separation from his biological parents. His mom,  a special ed teacher never gave up on her son, even after he threatened her with a knife. Apparently, the recent trend of re-homing never occurred to her. Listen in awe to this family story of...

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Joyce Maguire Pavao Speaks at PACT Conference

Joyce Maguire Pavao Speaks at PACT Conference

Adoption is about finding families for children, not finding children for families.” -Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao Yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao speak in Oakland at Pact’s annual conference. At an afternoon session she spoke about how adopted persons are often misdiagnosed with harmful labels like Radical Attachment Disorder. Pavao cautions, “normative in the instance of adoption are basic issues like,...

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