Parent-child attachment has a powerful influence on child welfare work. Healthy attachment gives children a solid foundation for their cognitive, social, and emotional development. When attachment is secure, often things are much easier.
Unfortunately, secure attachment isn’t all we see in our work. Because abuse and neglect interfere with attachment, we frequently encounter children and families struggling with attachment security.
To successfully ensure the safety, permanence, and well-being of children it really helps to be “attachment literate.” This means knowing what attachment is, how it works, and how to respond effectively to attachment problems.
We hope this issue of Practice Notes will be a helpful resource in your ongoing study of this important topic.
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