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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

Danielle Helzer | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Danielle Helzer

Parenting kids with attachment trauma feels like driving in a foreign country where the road signs are illegible, a familiar process is suddenly uncomfortable, and fellow drivers are honking, flipping you off, and shouting that you're doing it wrong -- despite your best efforts to do it correctly.

7 Awesome Life Lessons My Son With Down Syndrome Taught Me

John M. Simmons | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Jack was fragile. He would require open heart surgery by the time he was 6-months-old. Any of us would have done anything to make him well, but there was nothing we could do. As I recalled our five months together, I realized that there were no regrets. That was the first lesson Jack taught me.

The Rare Disorder That Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents

Reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, is a rare condition that renders young children incapable of making a connection with another person. It particu...

A Very Simple Explanation of Reactive Attachment Disorder

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Emily was 15 when she left her Russian orphanage to join our family and her biological younger sisters.The Russian social workers informed us that she had behavioral problems and probably even disorders. They told us that she most likely had Reactive Attachment Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They said that we shouldn't take her into our home.

A Mistake Adoptive Parents Never Need to Make Again

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

When it comes to difficult circumstances, I always try to focus on what is best for my children rather than my own feelings. A week ago I came to the understanding that I have been falling short without realizing it for nine years, now. I say "not realizing it," but maybe I just didn't want to know.

Rehoming and a Broken System

John M. Simmons | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
John M. Simmons

As adoptive parents, aren't we supposed to be the vanguard for saving children? Aren't we supposed to be the forefront of child protection? Those misconceptions are part of the problem.

'Re-homing' After Adoption: Teasing Out the Problem

Lori Holden | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

Did you know that you can give your child to a stranger without alerting anyone but a notary public? Do you know that people actually do give away children without notifying anyone but a notary public?

Adoptive American Parents of Russian Children Don't Deserve The Heat

Tina Traster | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

A few weeks ago, a filmmaker for Radio Free Europe spent the day with my family at our home in upstate New York documenting our "ordinary" moments. Olga Loginova, the filmmaker, wanted to show the world there are "successful Russian adoptions."

I Saved My Daughter, Twice

Tina Traster | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always.

To Russia, with Love?

Elaine Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elaine Hall

I do not condone placing an eight year-old boy on an airplane by himself, but it seems to me that Torry Hansen may have done the best she could with the limited options and tools that she had.

Love Learned

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

Children afflicted with Reactive Attachment Disorder thrive on chaos and upheaval. It gives them a feeling of control, yet they stay at an emotional distance, which is what they want.

Today's Isolated Kids = Tomorrow's Killers?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Dimond

Every human being needs to feel connected - attached - to other human beings around them. It's an innate craving we all have and cannot fight. The h...

A Cry for Help

Beth Feldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Feldman

The school's decision about whether to put my son in special education programming has nothing to do with education and everything to do with the bottom line.