Reactive Attachment Disorder

According to WebMD, Reactive Attachment Disorder can be defined as:

…a condition found in children who may have received grossly negligent care and do not form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary caregivers — usually their mothers — before age 5.

Attachment develops when a child is repeatedly soothed, comforted, and cared for, and when the caregiver consistently meets the child’s needs. It is through attachment with a loving and protective caregiver that a young child learns to love and trust others, to become aware of others’ feelings and needs, to regulate his or her emotions, and to develop healthy relationships and a positive self-image. The absence of emotional warmth during the first few years of life can negatively affect a child’s entire future.

Most of the foster and adopted children who come to The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships have both trauma and attachment challenged.  This combination of early childhood difficulty can be more easily understood as Complex Developmental Trauma.