Institute for Attachment and Child Development (IACD)
We connect advocates for kids, families, and healthy communities-foster parents, adoptive parents, clinicians, teachers and other caring citizens.
Adoption Today & Fostering Families Today
Back Adoption Today issues are free, Fostering Families Today are by subscription only.
No Hands But Ours: China special needs adoption
No Hands But Ours began as a sliver of a dream in 2004, when Stefanie, now a mother of 13 (9 from China), was in the process of pursuing her first adoption from China. Stefanie struggled to find adequate resources for researching special needs, and was frustrated by the lack of availability of real-life information from other parents of special needs children. In late 2008 – and three SN adoptions later – her dream of a site to encourage, equip and support families adopting special needs children from China was finally realized.
Collaborating in this effort are these adoptive moms and dads contributing their time and talents to maximize the reach and impact of this site.
Different Dream Living
If you’re a caregiver, Different Dream offers resources to equip you to be a confident advocate and encouragement when you need a boost.
Fostercare & Adoption
You will find articles, news & anything related to adopting or fostering in the US.
AdoptUSKids is a national project that supports child welfare systems and connects children in foster care with families.
Love Never Quits
Gina Heumann is the author of the upcoming book, Love Never Quits – Surviving & Thriving After Infertility, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder, which is due to be released in the summer of 2019.
Bringing the systemic approach of ‘Nonviolent Resistance’ (Haim Omer) to those in Northamptonshire who work or live with violent/destructive young people.
Lifespan Trauma Consulting
Over the last three decades, Forrest Lien, MSW, has worked with children and adults impacted by early trauma in their many walks of life. Among other accomplishments, he created the unique therapeutic treatment model of the Institute for Attachment and Child Development as past Clinical and Executive Director. Forrest has trained thousands about the effects of trauma, foster care and adoption. He’s consulted with 20/20, HBO, and The Today Show and has presented at over 300 workshops internationally on the effects of early trauma, including at the Mayo Clinic. As owner of Lifespan Trauma Consulting, Forrest continues his legacy of highly sought-after trainings, speaking engagements, program development and advocacy and provides assessments and acts as an expert witness in court on behalf of adoptive and foster families.
Al Coates – Adoption: Fostering : Social Work
I try to speak for adopters in different places in relation to the support that we’d like and testify to the challenges of caring for children who’ve seen a rough side of life. I write a blog, co host a podcast and have more opinions than I ought that I share.
We are advocating for the right resources and treatments for children with attachment disorders and developmental trauma so families can heal.
Chronicle of Social Change
An online news publication dedicated to solution-based news coverage of child welfare and juvenile justice.
The mission of the Trauma Center is to help individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by trauma and adversity to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world, and to provide them with state-of-the-art therapeutic care as they reclaim, rebuild, and renew their lives.
National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NAOTP)
Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach, with empathy at it’s core
Confessions of an Adoptive Parent
We are committed to sharing our story honestly and openly in the hope that families like ours will feel the strength of like-minded community. When we are strong as parents, we can support our children well.
Adoptive Families is an award-winning resource for parents-to-be navigating the adoption process and for parents raising children through adoption.
Mix and Match Mama | Shay Shull
I’m a cookbook author, lifestyle blogger, travel agency owner, wife and mama who loves making every day special for my family. From holidays to regular days, I like to spend time with my girlfriends, watch Red Sox baseball, drink an insane amount of coffee, read my Bible and make a yummy dinner each night. I’m passionate about traveling, adoption, food and especially Jesus.
Foster the Family
Foster the Family exists to support and encourage foster and adoptive families, mobilize and equip the community and church for foster care and adoption, and advocate for vulnerable children.
Hello, I’m Hannah. I help adoptive parents look after themselves and find the practical resources they need so that they are equipped to help their families thrive. I’m the adoptive mum of Joanna (10) and Charlotte (9), both of whom have additional needs. These include attachment disorders, PTSD, autism, ADHD and pFAS.
Bounceback Parenting® will help you see the challenges in parenting as opportunities for growth and building resilience. You’ll discover why connection, not perfection wins the day, and you’ll be relieved to find that you can be a work in progress and still be a fantastic mom or dad to your kids.
Mommies of Miracles
The mission of Mommies of Miracles is to eliminate the isolation mothers of exceptional needs children experience on a daily basis by providing an extended network of resources, products & services, grief support, family matching, and hope.
Full Time Tired
Full Time Tired is about our experience as an adoptive and foster family. We write about our struggles and occasionally our successes as parents, we review books, interview interesting people, invite guest posts, and produce some nifty “home-made” downloadable resources.
Child Trauma Academy
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems.
To inform and promote adoption through foster care by documenting our fostering adventures.
Adoptive Black Mom
AdoptiveBlackMom is a blogger writing about her journey as a recent adoptive parent to a teenaged daughter.
The Ella Foundation
The ELLA Foundation is a 501(c)3 based in Savannah, Ga whose mission is to aid those who have been affected by violence, mental illness, and/or the criminal justice system. To that end, we educate, support, and advocate for trauma survivors, those with a mental health diagnosis, and those who have been adjudicated or incarcerated.
Beyond Consequences Institute, LLC
If you’re a parent raising a child with challenging or even severe behaviors, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find proven solutions that go beyond ineffective traditional techniques that will help your children heal and help you enjoy being a parent again.
Offering autism, ADHD, behavioral services for Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois
High Mountain Counseling & Training Institute
High Mountain Counseling & Training Institute, is a full service counseling agency.
Holes in the Wall | Documenting parent abuse
Initially more widely used, the term parent abuse has now generally been superseded by other phrases: child to parent violence (CPV), adolescent violence in the home (AVITH), and child (or adolescent) to parent violence and abuse (CPVA / APVA) being perhaps the most widely used. It is generally defined as a pattern of behaviour, instigated by a child, using verbal, physical, psychological or financial means to gain power and control over a parent or carer
The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities.
See Jamie Blog
My life goals in four words: live real, love hard.I write about homeschooling, mom-life, healthy living, DIY projects, books we adore, introvert life, and whatever else is on my heart.
Rage Against the MiniVan
Kristen is the mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption, and has been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. If you are looking for a blog with great ideas for kids, amazing craft inspiration, scrapbooking help, and stunning photography, then AWESOME. There are a lot of those blogs out there. You should go find them.
Here, you might find musings about the impact of the skinny jean on Kristen’s self-esteem, her tendency to spill food on her laptop, and her inappropriate crush on Jon Stewart. She also indulges in sleep-deprived rants about parenting, poop, adoption, politics, race, religion, social justice, and various other subjects that her mother warned her not to discuss in public.
The Glass House
Real life, real solutions. Adoption, Autism and Foster Care.
Happy You, Happy Family
Come here when you’re at your wit’s end and need advice from someone who’s been there. Come here when you’re having a hard day and just need to know you’re not alone. Come to this page when your kid does something unbearably sweet, and you don’t want to annoy all your Facebook friends by gushing.
Because your fellow parents and me? We’re here for you on the hard days and the good ones, too. In this community, we listen. We accept. We lift each other up.
Evergreen Psychotherapy Center
Evergreen Psychotherapy Center in Evergreen, Colo., is an internationally recognized home to more than of 30 years of experience and innovation in the treatment of attachment and trauma problems. We have worked with thousands of children, adults, couples and families and also have collaborated with thousands of mental health service providers, educators and allied professionals worldwide to advance research and treatment within the field.
Sarah Fisher Coaching
During my journey I’ve learnt to support my son with his anxiety and have stopped some of his unacceptable behaviours. These weren’t because he is a naughty or horrible child because he’s not, but he was very distressed, due to past trauma, and anxious and didn’t know how to show his emotions. Through the use of Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) we have changed our family around and my son is now more confident and understands how to appropriately express his emotions. It hasn’t been an easy or smooth road, but we’ve come through it and I’m passionate about helping other families do the same.
Echo envisions a world of nonviolence in which adults respect children by ensuring their right to emotional and physical safety. The mission of Echo is to educate parents and service professionals about trauma and resilience in order to prevent re-traumatization, resolve individual and community-level trauma, and create the safe, stable, nurturing relationships that break the cycle of generational trauma and allow us to heal.
This movement began in 2003, when Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman founded Show Hope after having their own eyes and hearts opened to the global orphan crisis. Since then, Show Hope has worked to holistically approach orphan care, helping children in four key areas:
- Adoption Aid
- Care Centers
- Pre+Post Adoption Support
- Student Initiatives
My story starts with the traditional medical training at Loma Linda University and 4 years general General Surgery training at Oregon State Health Sciences University in Portland, OR. My life was dramatically affected by Miguel, a 4 year old boy I adopted from the foster care system while during medical school who had experienced neglect, abuse, and instability since he was born. He ultimately challenged every aspect of my way of thinking, my medical training, even my spiritual beliefs.
Family Hope Center
We applied the knowledge we gained during our clinical work and careers to help our children overcome their respective challenges. The results didn’t happen overnight. It took years of learning, dedication, patience, love, and continued faith in the brain’s ability to heal.
The result of this journey is that we have two perspectives to share with you—one as professionals and the other as parents. We have been in a similar situation and recognize what you have been going through and how resilient you can be. We are committed to you and want to share the knowledge, personal experiences, and neurological strategies we have gained to help you become empowered and productive neuro-parents. We invite you to contact us with your questions and look forward to seeing you at one of our future webinars or parent training conferences.
Beacon House is a team of professional, warm and highly experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists and occupational therapists. We provide a wide range of mental health assessments and effective therapies for children and young people, families and adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems and relationship conflict.
Check out these pages and blogs to follow to learn and find support. If you know of one that you think should be on my list please let me know!