The bond between parents and child and the life long attachment that results are vital to the development of health relationships, personality, psychological development, and cognitive development. The Center for Family Development serves the needs of adoptive and foster families, including multicultural, multinational, and multibiological families.
Assessment of attachment as well as treatment for children with attachment difficulties are our primary areas of practice.
Attachment is a lasting connection between two people. It develops from the deep and lasting connection between a child and parent and forms the basis for all other relationships and a healthy personality. Healthy attachment is essential for: the full attainment of IQ, the ability to think logically, the development of satisfying ties to others, the development of conscience, and the ability to cope with stress and frustration.
Attachment develops when the infant experiences a needs which is then met by the parent, followed by the child's feeling of satisfaction. Repeated positive experiences create trust that the worlds is safe, the child's needs will be met, the child is worthy and good, the child can influence the world, and the parent is reliable and good.
Early deprivation, neglect, abuse, significant early health problems and hospitalization, repeated moves, or living in an orphanage can create attachment difficulties.