• The Essential Guide to RAD Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): The Essential Guide for Parents has the resources, advice, and information I wish I’d had when my son was diagnosed with RAD. During our last promotion we gave away more than 2,000 copies. See what customers are saying here. Devon was a friendly, jabbering three-year-old with round cheeks and a bright smile when we ...
  • 5 things I learned at ATTACh 2018 Recently, I had the privilege of attending the ATTACh 2018 conference. I learned from keynote speakers including leading researcher and author of The Body Keeps The Score, Dr Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and attended a variety of workshops and parent sessions. Here are 5 things I learned and want to pass along to you: Keep a ...
  • RAD, DTD – What’s all the controversy about? Tweets. Facebook messages. Verbal knockouts. One too many times, I’ve been told reactive attachment disorder (RAD)—the result of a child’s early trauma—isn’t a “real” diagnosis. When parents like me hear that our child’s diagnosis is fake, bogus, or phony, it’s like a kick in the stomach. We feel invalidated, misunderstood, hurt, angry, and frustrated. I’ve even ...
  • What to do when CPS comes knocking… An interview with Diane L. Redleaf, a family defense pioneer Nationally-known leaders have called Diane L. Redleaf the “conscience of the child welfare system,” the driving force behind creating a “better, fairer child welfare system” and “the people’s lawyer.” Diane has played a leading role in hundreds of important cases on behalf of families, with over 60 ...
  • Before you adopt… Two-year-old Kayla was shy with dimples that winked when she laughed. Her brother, three-year-old Devon, had curly brown hair, freckles and a quick smile. We’d long dreamed of adopting foster kids and my husband and I jumped in heart-first. During the mandatory three-month pre-adoption waiting period, Devon and Kayla had some concerning behaviors – issues with ...
  • For teachers of children experiencing the effects of early trauma If you are a classroom teacher you almost certainly have students who have experienced childhood trauma. A recent national survey on children’s health found that 47% of all children in the United States have had at least one adverse childhood experience (footnote below). For some, the unfortunate result is reactive attachment disorder (RAD), a serious ...
  • When you feel like you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown… Unless you’ve lived through a child’s relentless screaming, violent outbursts, physical aggression, and extreme manipulation – hour-after-hour, day-after-day – it may be hard to fathom the long term impact on caregivers. But, the truth is, it can feel like you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Does that seem a bit melodramatic? Before you scoff, consider ...
  • When suicidal ideations may not be serious I opened the closet door to find my son Devon squatting in the shadowy darkness with a belt looped loosely around his neck. He was 9. Confident that he wasn’t actually trying to hurt himself, and was only trying to get attention, I hid my fear. I knew if I showed my alarm, he’d be ...
  • How to love a child who doesn’t love you back By Lynn K. Sollitto, brave mom, author and RAD advocacy hero I instantly fell in love with my biological son when he was born. It was primitive and instinctual. I would have done anything for him. I also fell in love with my adopted daughter Paige right away when I looked down at the small bundle sucking ...
  • Out Of Options, Parents Of Children With Mental Illness Trade Custody For Treatment Illinois Newsroom–Jul 31, 2018 When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel as a toddler, they did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois 10 years later. “Danny was this cute, lovable little blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby,” Jim said. There were times Daniel would reach over, put his hands on Toni’s face and ...
  • What Social Workers Need to Know When Working with Adoptive Families By brave adoptive parent and advocate Pernell Meier Social workers have been an ever-present part of my family. Over the course of 13 years, we have parented 7 children from foster care, 5 of whom we adopted. In that time, we have had countless social workers in and out of our lives. Some have been rock-stars and ...

 

 

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