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Troubled Transplants: Unconventional Strategies for Helping Disturbed Foster and Adopted Children Paperback – February 1, 2000

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"This is one of the few books in the field that presents strategies to overcome practically every situation that foster parents come in contact with." --Cora E. White, President, National Foster Parent Association

About the Author

Richard Delaney is a psychologist who has worked with foster, kinship, and adoptive parents over the past thirty years. He is a consultant to private and public foster and adoptive agencies. Delaney is a father and stepfather living in Colorado.

Frank Kunstal is a psychologist with broad experience in evaluation and treatment of seriously disturbed children and families. He is a consultant to social welfare agencies, school districts, correctional facilities, and the court systems.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Wood N Barnes; 2nd edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885473184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885473189
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors Delaney and Kunstal are noted proponent of Attachment Therapy (aka Holding Therapy) and its brutal parenting methods. This practice was denounced as abusive and inappropriate for all children in 2006 by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and by the American Psychological Association's Division on Child Maltreatment.

The authors themselves admit that their methods not reputable: "These strategies have not been researched by any statistical, controlled study." (page 166) Actually, no human subjects review board would allow children to be subjects in any study involving these methods.

Delaney and Kunstal, as Attachment Therapy proponents (and as therapists), have advocated (and used) "coercive restraint as therapy." This is a vile practice that seeks to disturb children to the extent that they loose control. While held down, the children are yelled at, poked, tickled relentlessly, threatened with abandonment, etc. From pages 141-142 of this book:

"When held in place, [the child] became livid and struggled against the adults -- to no avail. His rage escalated quickly as he screamed louder and louder at those holding him. He commanded them to let him go, he threatened to turn them into the police, and he claimed that they were breaking his arms. The adults kept [the child] in a 'therapeutic restraint,' nonetheless....Many parents and professionals may find this approach quite overwhelming and intense -- even contrary to their beliefs about helping. However for some children in placement, therapeutic holding is imperative..."

There are more bad ideas in this book than you can shake a stick at, such as "infantalizing" older children, "reparenting," forcing eye contact, and advising against reasoning with children.
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Troubled Transplants is a good source of information when working with foster parents and their children. I have used this book numerous times in treating clients and frequently use information from the Maltreated Child chapter when educating parents to abuse based behaviors.
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This book has more 'in depth' information which adds more to the other illustrated book by same author. I understand so much better now. Great help thank you.
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I am a foster mother who has come across some unusual behaviors with my children. This book has given me some great ideas on how to deal with them. It also showed me that I don't have to use traditional methods to deal with the unusual behaviors that I have come across.
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