Toxic stress: Its impact on adopted children and their new families

Toxic stress is more likely to affect children who developed in the context of overcrowded group care or who lived in chaotic, neglectful or abusive early environments.

Understanding how these experiences impact early development and behavior can help new parents provide healing relationships and ultimately reduce the long-term effects of toxic stress.

The videos below provide parents with a framework for understanding how children’s pre-adoptive experiences can create biological memories and impact their relationship with their new families. The videos offer specific suggestions for supporting parent-child relationships and promoting positive family functioning. 

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