Arleta M. James, LPCC has been an adoption professional for 27 years. She created Adoption and Attachment Therapy Partners, LLC in 2015 after spending 15 years providing adoption-attachment-trauma informed therapies at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio. Arleta also spent several years as a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN) placing foster children with adoptive families. She then served as the statewide Matching Specialist for SWAN.
Arleta has written two books. "The Science of Parenting Adopted Children: A Brain-Based, Trauma-Informed Approach to Cultivating Your Child’s Social, Emotional and Moral Development"
is a guide to help today’s adoptive parents facilitate the recovery of their son or daughter from the early trauma that put the child on the path to adoption. This book offers parents and kinship adopters a comprehensive approach, ready to tap into, to bring about the healing of their son or daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or grandchild. The content is applicable to domestic and international adoptees. The focus of this book is cultivating the attachment and overall well-being of the child who’s joined the family via adoption or guardianship.
Parents want their children to know the joy of relationships and learning. The tips in this book are designed to advance the social, emotional, moral, and cognitive skills children need to be successful at home, in school and in the community. The subject matter also includes an overlay of information coming from the field of neuroscience. Brain development is impacted by one’s early environment. Yet, the brain too, can learn new ways to function. The approach at Adoption and Attachment Therapy Partners is both healing the heart and the brain.
The content is certainly suitable for professionals who have contact with children with early trauma — mental health professionals, child welfare workers, early-intervention therapists, occupational, speech and physical therapists, pediatricians, educators, court officers and CASA volunteers. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, tweens and teens benefit when we use a trauma-informed lens to design their services and academic learning.
Arleta has also written "Welcoming a New Brother or Sister by Adoption: From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families"
. This book offers pre- and post-adoption strategies to smooth the integration of an adoptee with a history of trauma into a family whose composition includes sons and daughters developing age-appropriately. The two books combined offer Moms and Dads peace of mind that they are tending to the unique needs of all sons and daughters living in a family built by adoption.
Arleta has written many articles about attachment, trauma, managing undesirable behaviors, parental self-care and taking care of the brothers and sisters in adoptive families. These articles are available on this website
Arleta was honored as the 1999 Pennsylvania Adoption Professional of the Year.
She is a member of the Ohio Counseling Association
and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research