Rescuing Julia Twice

Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with infants and young children who have been neglect­ed, abused, or orphaned in infancy. What is a Mom to do?

Rescuing Julia Twice
By  Tina Traster and Melissa Fay Greene
Chicago Review Press
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $18.09

Book Description: 

In moving and refreshingly candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster’s foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her grow­ing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emo­tionally detached. Why wouldn’t she look her parents in the eye or accept their embraces? Why didn’t she cry when she got hurt? Why didn’t she make friends at school? Traster de­scribes how uncertainty turned to despair as she blamed herself and her mothering skills for her daughter’s troublesome behavioral is­sues, until she came to understand that Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with infants and young children who have been neglect­ed, abused, or orphaned in infancy.

Hoping to help lift the veil of secrecy and shame that too often surrounds parents struggling with attachment issues, Traster describes how with work, commitment, and acceptance, she and her husband have been able to close the gulf between them and their daughter to form a loving bond, and concludes by providing practical advice, strategies, and resources for parents and caregivers.

Review

This was a well-written, honest book where an adoptive parent shares her ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pain and hope.  This is not a clinical work, a but real, loving and in the end affirming look at the power of commitment and love.  For anyone dealing with RAD, this book will give you insight into the world of parents who adopted from overseas and was faced with an unknown.  You will find encouragement and hope.
~Reviewed by David H.
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