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Adoption and Attachment: Thoughts from the Journey (with Timothy Paul Jones)

  • 9710 Park Plaza Avenue, Suite 204 Louisville, KY 40241 USA (map)

My wife and I have adopted three children, all of whom had been assessed as having reactive-attachment disorder. The past experiences that they have brought include institutionalization for attempting to stab a sibling, destruction of property, cruelty to animals, sexual abuse, and abandonment. This presentation will look at attachment with an awareness of the research and scholarly literature but primarily from the perspective of a parent with the goal of assisting counselors in understanding what adoptive parents may be experiencing.

Dr. Jones biography from his website (

My name is Timothy Paul Jones, and I love living in the city of Louisville with my wife and daughters. Over the past two decades, I’ve had the privilege of leading several congregations as a pastor and in associate ministry roles. Now, I serve as a professor and associate vice president at one of the largest seminaries in the world, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here, I invest my time in mentoring a rising generation of God-called ministers of the gospel. I also edit The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and write books in the fields of apologetics and family ministry. I enjoy spending time with my family, meandering along city streets, visiting baseball parks, drinking coffee brewed from fresh-roasted beans, and eating in local restaurants. I serve in children’s and community group ministry at the east congregation of Sojourn Community Church.