Summary: Kagan R. Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children: Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect. Binghamton, New York, Haworth Press. 2004.

Starting from birth, children build attachments with their parents. When parent and child are attuned to each other, the process of attachment enables the child to learn self-regulation and self-control. The security and nurturing a child experiences build the foundation for future relationships and expectations. Insecure attachments leave their mark as well, but it is a negative one. Children who are denied a secure relationship with their caregivers-because of poor parenting, a caregiver's psychological problems, or outright abuse-are at risk of developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems.

This book is offers strategies to help traumatized children rebuild attachments with adults-their own parents, foster parents, or adoptive parents. Stories throughout the book illustrate the challenges and possibilities of helping children heal. The author explains how to use a companion workbook, Real Life Heroes, to help children work through their feelings using storytelling, art, music, and dance.