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Building Bonds of Attachment

Estimated: 1 1/2 Hours

Practical, Expert Advice

All parents hope for close relationships with their children. And for children, trusting their parents and feeling secure in their family is essential. Often, adoption can pose challenges to the attachment process. Circumstances prior to adoption experiences either in utero, in an orphanage or in foster care, can create serious barriers to attachment.

Join us for a webinar discussing bonding activities that result in healthy relationships both in the short term and throughout childhood. Deborah Gray, an adoption therapist specializing in attachment, grief and trauma issues in children, will provide practical steps that move parents toward building trusting relationships and secure attachments with their child.

This webcast will share strategies and tips:

1. Recognize behaviors that are common in adopted children who have experienced trauma

2. Learn bonding activities that result in healthy relationships in the short term and throughout childhood

3. Maintain relationships with children already in the home

4. Learn practical steps you can use with your family right away

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Our Expert:

Deborah Gray

Deborah Gray specializes in the attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her practice, Nurturing Attachments. Her methods of working with children and families reflect her strong developmental and infant mental health perspective.

Her passion is to help families develop close, satisfying relationships. She has worked 20 years in children's therapies. Deborah was the 2008 Henry W. Maier Practitioner in Residence at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Deborah Gray is the author of two books, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma, 2007, and Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, 2002, both published by Perspectives Press. Nurturing Adoptions was a 2008 award finalist for the Benjamin Franklin best professional book of the year. Deborah is on faculty for two post-graduate certificate programs in foster and adoption therapy.

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