Attachment Interventions with Foster and Adoptive Parents: A Systematic Review.

Laura Kerr, Jill Cossar

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Children who have been adopted or fostered are at high risk of experiencing interpersonal difficulties and placement breakdown may occur if these difficulties are not addressed through interventions. The aim of this review was to identify the impact of attachment interventions with foster and adoptive parents on children's behavioural, emotional and relational functioning. A systematic search process was undertaken; electronic databases were searched; key journals were hand searched; reference lists of included articles were searched; and authors who have published work in the field were contacted. Ten studies met the inclusion criteria. There is some evidence to support the positive impact of these interventions for children, particularly young children aged six months to six years. However, overall, the studies were of relatively poor methodological quality, making conclusions about the efficacy of these interventions difficult. Further research is therefore required to draw clearer conclusions about the impact of attachment interventions for fostered and adopted children. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-439
JournalChild Abuse Review
Issue number6
Early online date14 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • adoption
  • attachment
  • foster care
  • interventions


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