A Long Island judge presiding over a case in which a couple is trying to "vacate" the adoption of two Russian children who are mentally ill stands his ground and keeps his courtroom open, saying it is in the best interest of the children to have a public hearing on the issue.
When a child who has suffered with an attachment disorder shows an open-hearted willingness to care passionately about her violin playing, it brings joy to her parents. It shows them that years of work to help their child bond has paid off.
A decade ago, my husband and I adopted an 8-month-old baby from Siberia. She was healthy and progressed quickly but she wouldn't bond. As a new mother, in her forties, I thought something was wrong with me. Eventually enough clues led me to discover that Julia was suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder, which affects young children who have been neglected and abused, including many who've started their young lives in orphanages. This column will chronicle what it's been like to turn our daughter's life around, and what we continue to do to help her thrive.