Category Archives: Adoption

A common knowledge, language, and approach for parents, professionals, and organisations: The CARE Curriculum

The CARE Curriculum offers a comprehensive approach to the delivery of culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed and -responsive services among families recovering from adverse life and family circumstances, via the delivery of enriched CARE. Continue reading

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All relationships are important for attachment security

All attachments are significant. All influence our approach to life, roles and relatedness. This is particularly important in child welfare and related endeavours where the focus is facilitating recovery from a tough start to life and traumatic relationships, including through the promotion of attachment security. Continue reading

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Theory of Accessibility to Needs Provision

Below is a statement that reflects the third ‘A’ in the Triple-A Model – Accessibility (to needs provision). It captures my thoughts and my response when I am talking to caregivers about their experience of the behaviour of a child … Continue reading

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What is ‘good’ parenting and caregiving?

With the uptake of strengths-based approaches to child welfare practice in Australia and related child protection jurisdictions in Europe and North America, it is timely to consider what is ‘good’ parenting and caregiving. In this article I briefly introduce a … Continue reading

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You are not my parent! How do I respond?

When children cannot be cared for at home with their biological parent or parents, other adults who have a caring concern for them, or children more generally, take on the caregiving role. In many cases this is a member of … Continue reading

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Five tips for supporting children impacted by natural disasters

This short article is a brief follow-up to Disaster Relief: Helping Children During (and After) Community Traumatic Events. Continue reading

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Therapeutic Parenting – The CARE Curriculum

Since I began updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder in early 2016, the CARE Therapeutic Framework is the name I have used when referring to content and strategies associated with the CARE Model (Consistency, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Emotional … Continue reading

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Raising Kids Who Have High and Complex Needs – The Importance of Self Care

Self-care supports wellbeing that sustains us through tough times and our success in the task or role we are performing. Continue reading

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How does parenting influence attachment: The CARE Model

Consider infants. They are not born with a sophisticated language system. They cannot successfully be reasoned with about who their parents are and, therefore, who they should form an attachment to, and who not to. Rather, they form an attachment … Continue reading

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What is Attachment Disorder?

Over the last three decades, the term ‘attachment disorder’ has entered into common usage among professionals and carers who interact with children who display markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate relatedness to others. With greater awareness of the consequences of attachment … Continue reading

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