Overcoming ‘Attachment Disorder’ In An Adoptive Family
Journalist Tina Traster and her husband, lawyer Rick Tannenbaum, adopted their daughter Julia from Novosibirsk, Russia, in 2003. When baby Julia didn’t respond to her adoptive parents early on, they began seeking answers. They eventually learned that she suffered from reactive attachment disorder, in which the early break from the birth mother leads to difficulties building trust or forming bonds. Ten years later, after a great deal of hard work by the whole family, Julia has made progress and is now a lively and active child who draws, skis, and plays the violin. Freelance producer Olga Loginova visited the family at their home in New York state and filed this report.