Journey to the Son is an emotionally riveting memoir about a woman’s eight-year battle with the system for the child of her heart, who suffers…
Coming out as LGBTQ can be particularly scary for kids who are in foster care or adopted. Here are the resources you need…
My husband and I jumped in heart first when we adopted out of foster care. Devon was three with big
When Gina Heumann and her husband Aaron picked up their beautifulbaby boy from his Guatemalan foster mom, the warning signs
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
What’s your success been with Residential Treatment Facilities (RTF)? My son, Devon, has been in 2 group homes and 5
My Op-ed published by The Charlotte Observer My biracial son Amias and his white cousin Jacob – middle school honors
Dear Therapist, I am desperate for your help. I apologize ahead of time if I seem angry and defensive. I’m just
An adopted child’s time in an orphanage deprived him of his vital need for love, touch, and nurture, which serve
Here are the stories of one dozen children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and how their families found the answers
Published by Institute for Attachment & Child Development A sweet little kindergartener, with a Blues Clues backpack and big brown
For years I pulled out my hair not understanding why my parenting strategy was working with my birth and other
It’s the million-dollar question. How do we manage the behavior of children with RAD? Therapeutic approaches can seem scarily permissive.
Amazing study that shows kids who live on the same block–grow up in the same social class and schools–do not
How did resilience become a standard? How did we come to view children almost as nuisances who just need minimal
What kind of parent calls the police when her kid has a tantrum? Or, even worse, tries to check him
An inspiring story of a family who used Disney animated movies to communicate with their non-verbal autistic son, Owen. Ultimately
Navigating the mental health system on behalf of our children, especially those with extreme behaviors, is like traversing hostile territory.