Being a parent is both glorious and challenging. Having the right advice can really help. We've put together the best resources below to help you grow through the challenges.
Through our training and experience with adoption, we have found that Connected Parenting (based on attachment theory, neuroscience, and research with adoptive children) is a powerful tool for raising families with a healthy emotional life. Many adoptive parents proclaim that they wish they had known Connected Parenting when they were raising their biological children as well.
The first few resources listed are for everybody, while more adoption-specific resources are listed afterward.
Connected Families offers a wealth of resources to help you parent your child(ren) from a place of confidence and connection. Dive in today to the:
What Neuroscience Says About Parenting
If you're interested in becoming familiar with the neuroscience undergirding a lot of Connected Parenting styles, a great place to start are the resources produced by Dr. Dan Siegel (pioneer of interpersonal neurobiology) and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. Psychology and Neuroscience combine to show how prioritizing attachment, relationship, and connection with your child (especially in times of discipline) helps their brains to develop in the healthiest way:
For Adoptive Parents
Trust-Based Relational Intervention
TBRI® is the gold standard. It is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection: