Danubius International Conferences, 12th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Attachment Disorders in Adopted Children

Carmen Ion, Lenuta Giurgea
Last modified: 2022-06-22


Many adopted children have previously been in institutional care, where they have often faced social deprivation, lack of caregivers, relatively frequent staff changes, neglect, and sometimes even abuse. determines, at least partially, the attachment system of the child. The more autonomous and confident the parents are, the safer the child is, and vice versa.

Consequently, the formation of a stable attachment in such circumstances is often impossible, thus favoring the emergence of a disorganized type of attachment and, subsequently, attachment disorders. Adoptive parents have the ability to provide a corrective or non-corrective experience to the adopted child and will naturally gravitate toward specific care styles, based on their own experiences of attachment to their parents, while being influenced by the adopted child's feedback.