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The adopted children confused by love

May 9, 2018
Diane with daughter
Image caption Diane says her daughter “can’t cope if she’s not the centre of my world”

Children who have suffered abuse and neglect can often become violent and distressed at the thought of being loved, developing attachment issues. Some adoptive parents say they are left unprepared and unsupported when trying to care for them.

“Her anxiety level can go through the roof,” Diane tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “Trying to go through the school door into the classroom she can have a panic attack.”

Diane and her partner Adrian adopted their daughter, along with her brother, two years ago.

The adopted children confused by loveThe adopted children confused by love

Both had been neglected by their birth parents, which is thought to have led to their daughter having severe attachment issues.

“She can’t cope if she’s not the centre of my world,” explains Diane – whose full name we are not using for safeguarding reasons.

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