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Re: “When Love is Not Enough

Maybe Mommy should finish reading the article before she disparages it. It is well-researched, balanced, and true. It reflects the real experiences of a lot of families who love their children and go to extraordinary lengths to help them heal.

Every adopted child lands somewhere on a spectrum of "attachment disorder" in the beginning. After all, you can't start out being attached to a family you've never met. There is a great deal of variation in the speed and degree to which each child then moves forward in a successful attachment to a new family and every adopting family should know what it looks like when a child gets stuck along the way. In fact, nothing is more essential to the success of an adoption than thorough knowledge of that delicate process of attachment and tools to facilitate it.

This article highlights the most important pathways available to parents whose children are struggling. The absolute joy of becoming an adoptive parent and the journey towards emotional health for an adoptive child are hardly mutually exclusive. On the contrary, most parents would say that the hard work of helping that child become whole is foundational to their passionate love. Their deep commitment speaks volumes about that child's value and that is true joy, hard won and real.

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Posted by Melinda Douros on 12/02/2007 at 1:38 AM

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