Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-Up

Updated: Apr 17, 2019


Children who experience early adversity, such as abuse, neglect, or the trauma of being removed from their family of origin, are at higher risk for stress-related illnesses, learning difficulties, and a range of behavioral and emotional challenges.

Every child who enters foster care has experienced at least one trauma, and the majority have experienced multiple traumas in their short lives. Decades of research prove that this toxic stress makes it difficult for children to develop important qualities like self-control and self-esteem.


More recent research proves that there is a way to combat this toxic stress. Responsive parenting is one of the key ways to protect a child from the effects of early adversity and trauma. Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) focuses on three key elements that lead to responsive parenting:


· Responding sensitively when a child is upset