The attachment-related benefits of animal companions in foster care

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Working with children suffering from insecure attachment and/or issues related to neglect and abuse can frequently be difficult because children find it incredibly challenging to trust adults. A small but growing body of research has begun to demonstrate that relationships with animals have the potential to circumvent some of the difficulties children encounter with relational intimacy, helping to access their inner world and establish a sense of trust, emotional connection, and security. This paper briefly reviews the work in this area to date, drawing upon real life examples and existing research in the context of foster care and the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-34
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Birth and Parent Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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