Tina Traster is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Post, Parents, Redbook, Everyday Health, among others. She is the author of the Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder.
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.