C.A.R.E. promotes healing in
traumatized and attachment-resistant children by
working as a team with their
attachment starts before birth. Mother and
baby engage in a series of interactions in which
each is responding to cues from the other.
This attachment process has most of its
implications during the first 12 months of a
newborn's life. As the mom (primary
caregiver) successfully responds to the baby and
meets his needs, whether emotional or physical, a
secure attachment is created between the mother and
whatever reason, a baby does not have his or her
needs met in a consistent, timely and appropriate
manner, deficiencies in the attachment process can
occur. These deficiencies, when left
untreated, can turn into life-long problems in
building healthy relationships.
What causes attachment
never form attachments with their birth parents due
to abuse or neglect. But attachment is also
negatively impacted when an infant suffers
unrelieved pain due to illness, prematurity or
injury. Children whose mother is unavailable
to them early in their infancy are also at risk.
Any events and conditions that can traumatize a
child, put that child at risk for attachment
Attachment-resistant children have strong and
scary beliefs that the world is an unpredictable
place that that no one will ever be able to meet
their needs. The subsequent feelings of
anger, hurt and distrust can manifest themselves in
some very dysfunctional ways.