These are resources and experts I came across in my journey. These listings are by no means meant to be all-inclusive, but rather to provide a starting point for readers to conduct their own exploration. In addition, please note that some of these links may no longer be activated. I do my best to scrum this list whenever possible.


A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development (1988), John Bowlby

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self (1992), Dr. David Brodzinsky

Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma (2007), Deborah Gray

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents (2002), Deborah Gray

Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love (1998), Robert   Karen

Adopting the Hurt Child (1998), Dr. Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky

Parenting the Hurt Child (2002), Dr. Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky

High Risk: Children Without a Conscience (1989) Ken Magid and Carole McKelvey

Children of Intercountry Adoptions in School: A Primer for Parents and Professionals (2002), Dr. Ruth Lynn Meese

The Primal Wound (1993), Nancy Newton Verrier

Coming Home To Self  (2003), Nancy Newton Verrier

Online Magazines, Blogs:

ACEsConnection Blog

ACEsTooHigh Blog

Adoption Voices Magazine

AdoptiveFamiliesCircle Blog

AttachmentDisorderBlog Blog


The Nature of Love (1958), Dr. Harry Harlowe

The English and Romanian Adoptee Study: Effects of Early Deprivation on Long-Term Adjustment (1998), Professor Sir Michael Rutter

Therapeutic Parenting (2008), a white paper prepared by ATTACh (The Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children)

Organizations:, a social network whose members use trauma-informed practices to prevent & lower adverse childhood experiences, and raise resilience., a go-to site for news and information about adverse childhood experiences., the National Adoption Center, an online resource for domestic and international adoption, Adoption Profiles, LLC, provides adoption articles, resources and chat rooms, a charitable organization working with Polish orphans, Vic and Joanna Magnet, Directors, The American Adoption Congress, an organization committed to adoption reform.

Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Dr. Robert Marvin, Director,
The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, Nancy Thomas Parenting

Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, Dr. Gregory Keck, Director, the Attachment Disorder Site, Attachment Parenting International is dedicated to educating and supporting parents, offering resources for education and networking, the U.K. resource for attachment parenting., The Attachment & Trauma Network, the nation’s oldest parent-led organization supporting families of children with attachment disorders, established by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide pre- and post-adoption services, the Child Trauma Academy provides information on the effects of child trauma and supportive interventions

Child Trauma Research Center, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Alicia Lieberman, Director, Eastern European Adoption Coalition, Inc.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Families For Russian and Ukrainian Adoption

NACAC, North American Council on Adoptable Children, committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and families who adopt them., Reactive Attachment Disorder & Detachment Issues, The Voice of Adoption, The Theraplay Institute, an international training institute

Specialists:, Family Attachment and Adoption Center, Oakland, CA., Virginia Keeler- Wolf, MA, MFT

Beyond Consequences Institute, Boulder, CO., Heather Forbes, Director

Jane Brown’s Adoption Playshops, Mississauga, Ontario, Jane Brown, MSW, Director

Cornerstone Counseling Services, Waukesha, WI., Dr. Ray Kinney, Director

Dr. Ronald Frederici & Associates – Care For Children International, Manassas, VA.

Jerri Ann Jenista, MD, 
Ann Arbor, MI

3 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Hello. I just saw your book at Costco and put it at the top of my list to purchase ASAP. We are an adoptive family of a daughter that sounds so much like your daughter and are hoping to find specialists in the area. We are in San Joaquin county but hopeful you can suggest any therapist dealing with RAD somewhere in the East Bay Area. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so happy you found the book at Costco and I expect to have some store visits in Novato, SF and Santa Rosa. Gotta sell those books and reach people like you!

      • As for therapists in the East Bay I suggest you go to the Resources section of my book and blog. They are hard to find. Nancy Newton Verrier is in Lafayette but she’s retired now. David and Anne Brodzinsky are in Oakland. You can Google them. Use my name. There are other Facebook groups as well. Hope this helps as a starter.

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