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- Attachment disorder is sometimes present in some adopted and foster
children. These children often come from families in which early trauma
prevailed. Now, even though freed from those settings, the trauma remains
often in the form of attachment disorder and attachment issues. What
guides the parent in trying to deal effectively with the child’s
unexplained negative behaviors?
The Forever Child is a series
of tales that are designed for use
by parents and therapists as a tool to assist children in dealing with
early abuse and neglect. The first three tales also provide a parenting guide.
While the tales illustrate a
number of the behaviors that are often seen in children with a history
of early trauma, the guides provide an analysis of the root causes of
these behaviors as well as step-by-step assistance for the parent.
All parents need stories they
can share with their children to help generate interest in their backgrounds.
Traditionally, foster and adoptive parents have had few choices in children’s
tales that are specifically geared towards their child’s early
life before adoption. The Forever Child series can meet this need for
It is especially helpful to have
the tales read aloud to the child and it is important for parents to
read the tale first to determine if it is appropriate for a particular
child and situation. Adults who have already shared the tales with their
children have reported that they have served as a springboard for many
meaningful discussions about birth families and birth history.
Nancy A. Clark, MFT is a retired therapist
in the State of California and a seasoned fairy tale writer. She has
worked with children suffering from traumatic backgrounds for over 20
years. She was employed as a therapist by one of the largest inner-city
school districts in Southern California. Ms. Clark, a foster parent,
has four grown daughters and has adopted a daughter with
an early exposure to trauma.
B. Bryan Post is an internationally
recognized expert in the treatment of adopted children who have experienced
trauma and neglect. An adopted child himself he knows firsthand
the driving emotions behind the troubling behaviors demonstrated by
some adopted children.
In addition to having published
numerous clinical/parenting articles and having produced videos on this
topic, Bryan Post lectures throughout the United States on understanding
and treating attachment disorders in children. He is the founder and director of the Post Institute.
The authors are available for
private lectures and book signings. Contact Nancy Clark.
AVAILABLE IN OUR ONLINE STORE
Forever Child: A Tale of Lies and Love
Forever Child: A Tale of Anger and Fear
The Forever Child:
A Tale of Loss and Impossible Dreams
From the Forever Child Series
Family Secrets: A Tale of Silence and Shame
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