Let’s strip away the platitudes and talk about surviving. Here’s my unfiltered, pragmatic RAD-parent-to-RAD-parent advice.
Due to trauma during her early development, the lens Kayla viewed the world through was warped. It made even loving caregivers seem unsafe. Situations and…
Gina and her husband adopted Maddox only to discover he suffered developmental trauma and was diagnosed with RAD. Through years of therapy and specialized schools…
If your child has attachment issues, The Boy who Build a Wall Around Himself is the perfect book to cuddle up
The Kids we Lose is a PBS documentary that explores how ineffective discipline techniques in schools feed the school-to-prison pipeline. It does a great job…
For the safety of our kids, who will someday age-out of residential treatment and into the real world – we must find a balance. They’ve…
Regardless of our politics, we can advocate together on behalf of innocent children. Let’s consider that the immigration system isn’t the only “system” that’s harmful…
My son Devon was 10-years-old when I dropped him off at a residential treatment facility (RTF) for the first time.
Imagine identifying a toxin so potent it could rewire a child’s brain and erode his immune system. A substance that, in high doses, tripled the…
These types of sentiments garner thousands of likes, shares, and re-tweets. But for families like mine, they simply don’t ring true.
Our recent Facebook poll showed up to 95% of adoptive parents are not sufficiently trained on developmental trauma and the
For a determined would-be school shooter, there’s always a way – until we address the underlying causes
Only a few days ago, I had the opportunity to plant a gun in a school. The doors were unlocked.
Our recent Facebook poll showed that 67% of children first misdiagnosed with RAD (and other developmental trauma diagnoses) were first diagnosed with ADHD.
One of the challenges of raising a child with developmental trauma disorder is how many professionals do not truly understand
Under my desk is an antique iron. It has been there since the day my mother hid it from my
By Christine Herman When Matthew Timion needed to get his son treatment for mental illness, he did not anticipate it
My husband and I adopted Devon out of foster care when he was 3. Devon has complex developmental trauma disorder
Caleb, 11, was thin with blond hair, glasses, and a big smile where crooked teeth jockeyed for space. He and
Today my son’s therapist apologized to me. (Go ahead, take a moment to pick yourself up off the floor, then
If you are a classroom teacher you almost certainly have students who have experienced childhood trauma. A recent national survey
Unless you’ve lived through a child’s relentless screaming, violent outbursts, physical aggression, and extreme manipulation – hour-after-hour, day-after-day – it
Illinois Newsroom–Jul 31, 2018 When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel as a toddler, they did not plan
By brave adoptive parent and advocate Pernell Meier Social workers have been an ever-present part of my family. Over the course
Do you ever roll out of bed already over it? At your limit before the day starts? Knowing you can’t
Adults who grew up in so-called “typical” families—the families we pay no or little attention to because it looks “normal”,
“It’s like living in a prison. We can’t go anywhere. All doors are locked. Alarms everywhere. We can’t have friends