AQ* (Adoption-attunement Quotient)

April 30, 2016


(Adoption-attunement Quotient)

AQ design variation

Sound adoption language

Knowledge of the attachment process

Consider grief and loss issues

Respect birth parents and first families

Model and teach healthy boundaries

Educate family, friends. and teachers on adoption

Remember that a child’s story belongs to him

Recognize adoption as a family experience

Encourage playfulness and good humor as a family value 

Integrate a child’s birth heritage 

Nurture child's innate gifts and talents

Validate child's need to know and connect with birth family

Parents work through their own grief and loss issues

Allow and encourage child to become their authentic selves




from ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book for Adoptive Families

—by Gayle H. Swift with Casey A. Swift

Learn how the coaches at GIFT Family Services can help you and your family navigate your adoption journey. We've faced our share of family challenges and crises, ridden the metaphorical rollercoaster, and our families have not only survived; they have thrived. We offer experience, neutrality, and understanding.








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by GIFT coach, Gayle H. Swift, on her blog,

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