Attachment Disorder

Most people take attachment for granted. Children spends most of their time around caregivers and naturally forms a bond with the caregiver. Once the bonds of attachment have been put in place they are very strong and can be transferred to other people as needed. These vital bonds are formed during the first two years of life.

The tragedy of attachment disorder occurs when a child never forms attachment bonds in the early years. This can happen when no caregivers are available to bond with the child or when the bonding process is severely disrupted.

Children whose developmental interruptions have resulted in an attachment disorder may exhibit many, or even all, of the following symptoms: (Thanks to ‘Adopting the Hurt Child" by Gregory C. Keck & Regina M. Kupecky, 1995 by permission of Pinon Press and all rights reserved (800) 366-7788)

  • Superficially engaging and "charming" behavior
  • Indiscriminate affection toward strangers
  • Lack of affection with parents on their terms (not cuddly)
  • Little eye contact with parents, on normal terms
  • Persistent nonsense questions and incessant chatter
  • Lying about the obvious (crazy lying)
  • Stealing
  • Destructive behavior to self, to others, and to material things (accident prone)
  • Abnormal eating patterns
  • No impulse controls (frequently acts hyperactive)
  • Lags in learning
  • Abnormal speech patterns
  • Poor peer relationships
  • Lack of cause-and-effect thinking
  • Lack of conscience
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Preoccupation with fire


Attach - is a growing list of parents and professionals interested in attachment and bonding issues.

Attachment Disorder Site - offering articles and information.

Attachment Disorder Email List - an outreach of the Attachment Disorder Site.

ABCofPA  - (Attachment and Bonding Center of PA) specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents with attachment disorders.

Attachment.Adoption.com - large site with many pertinent articles.

Institute for Attachment and Child Development - Pioneers in the treatment of attachment disorder they are committed to transforming the lives of children with attachment disorder and their families.

Kuddle Kids Korner - a family perspective.

The Attachment Disorder Support Group - This site is dedicated to this problem. It offers real time on line networking and support.

Theraplay - is short-term, therapist-directed play therapy for children and their parents which has been found to be helpful.

Dr. Martha G. Welch - is one of a very limited number of medical doctors in the United States who specialize in Reactive Attachment Disorder.

The Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy - concentrates on attachment issues. Dr. Bryan Post of one of the experts in this area.

Center for Family Development - articles and research.

Heal the Hearts Foundation  - promotes the education and understanding of Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Families By Design - Nancy Thomas' site featuring books, articles, and helpful tips.

Attach-China - is devoted to educating parents of children adopted from China about Reactive Attachment Disorder.

The Little Prince - is a nice site run by a RAD parent. It has great poetry as well as advice.

RadKid - is a well presented and informative site put together by a paramedic who has been personally touched by this disorder.

Melanie A. Thompson, LCSW - offers treatment for attachment disorder.

Adoption Information & Support Services - offers counseling services for all members of the adoption triad.

After Adoption - specialize in providing helpful therapy for attachment problems.