Covering what an attachment disorder is to helpful tips for coping with it, our guide will provide help, support and advice for foster carers who are taking care of young children exhibiting signs, or who are already diagnosed with, attachment disorders.
Attachment disorders are described as psychiatric illnesses that can develop in young children, toddlers or teenagers who struggle to develop emotional attachments to others. Many children with attachment issues have had severe problems in their early relationships. For example, they may have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. There are two types of attachment disorder:
Although the exact cause of attachment disorder in children is not clear, it’s suggested failure to provide sufficient caregiving can have negative effects on a young child. The impact of attachment issues on child development, if not rectified, can affect their future perspectives of relationships, and their social and emotional development.
As a foster parent, you may be taking care of a child who, due to not having had the best start in life, has developed an attachment disorder. So, what is the best way to deal with attachment disorders in children? Firstly, it’s important to recognise the signs.
Attachment disorder symptoms aren’t always black and white to diagnose – and each child may exhibit different signs and symptoms. However, the most common indicators of attachment disorders can include:
It is important to note that there may be other indicators which suggest a foster child may be suffering from an attachment disorder. It’s likely these will be unique to their own personality traits and characteristics they’ve developed through individual circumstances.
If you’re looking after a foster child with a pre-existing attachment disorder, information and guidance will be given to you upon the beginning of your placement. This should provide you with information about the way the child individually reacts to situations, and how best to deal with this as their carer. Some of the ways to do this include:
And remember, it’s not always easy. Overcoming attachment issues in foster children is a challenge, and at times you may feel rejected or unappreciated. But maintaining patience, understanding and consistency will allow you to manage attachment disorders more effectively.
If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, or you’re already looking after a young child, there’s more information on how to deal with attachment issues in children through our extensive foster care training and support provided. However, if you’d like to know more, feel free to get in touch with a member of our expert foster care here at Capstone Foster Care today.
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