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Assignment Five


How do foster parents form an attachment relationship with the very young children in their care? (this question is limited to birth to age 3)



Nearly 443,000 children live in foster care in the United States (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2019), not including other out of home care situations, such as informal and kinship placements. Although a typical attachment relationship between an infant and caregiver begins at birth, the attachment relationship between a foster child and foster parent begins when the child is placed into the foster home and the foster parent begins to care for the child. In contrast to normative attachments, most children in foster care have experienced at least one disruption in their attachment relationships, and possibly multiple placements, as well as trauma from maltreatment prior to placement in care. Given these issues, several attachment-based interventions have been designed to promote secure attachment formation in young foster children and caregiving bonds in foster parents. In this paper we focus on the formation of attachment relationships in young children in foster care, including the implications of attachment research for social work practice in facilitating secure attachment and positive caregiving bonds. We also discuss new ideas that could be integrated in foster care practice, including mindfulness and resilience as well as assessments of foster parent commitment to the child and recognition of the clash between collectivist cultures and individualistic cultural ideas.





Ackerman, J. P. & Dozier, M. (2005). The influence of foster parent investment on children’s representations of self and attachment figures. Applied Developmental Psychology, 26 (2005), 507-520.

Ainsworth, M. D. (1989). Attachments beyond infancy. American Psychologist, 44(4), 709-716.

Ainsworth, M. D. & Bowlby, J. (1991). An ethological approach to personality development. American Psychologist, 46 (4), 333.341.

Bates, B. & Dozier, M. (2002). The importance of maternal state of mind regarding attachment and infant age at placement to foster mothers’ representations of their foster infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 23, 417-431.

Bernard, K. & Dozier, M. (2011). This is my baby: Foster parents’ feelings of commitment and displays of delight. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(2), 251-262.



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