Interventions with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Increases awareness of the behavioral struggles of children in foster care and adoption. Explains how much of this behavior is rooted in poor early attachments. Briefly touches on the diagnostic criteria used by mental health professionals to diagnose RAD. Looks at issues as they relate to child welfare services, referrals for interventions, and support for client’s case plans.


American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Lenore Terr, (1990) Too Scared to Cry. Basic Books. New York

Levy, Terry M. & Orlans, Michael. (1989) Attachment, Trauma and Healing: Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families. Child Welfare League of America. Washington D.C.

Keck, Gregory & Kupecky, Regina (2002) Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families to Heal and Grow. Pinon Press. Colorado Springs, Co.

Perry, Bruce, D. (2007) Adapted in part from: “Maltreated Children: Experience, Brain Development and the Next Generation” (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, in preparation)