ATTACHMENT & TRAUMA NETWORK INC

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Human Services

Location: PO Box 164 Jefferson MD 21755 USA

Mission:

At the Attachment & Trauma Network, it is our mission to:

Support families parenting children with trauma and/or attachment issues through education, mentoring, advocacy, and local/regional resources, and to develop awareness of trauma and attachment-related issues in all child centered environments (schools, doctors offices, foster/adopt community, legislative).

 


Results: 2012 has been a busy year as we are using our Pepsi Refresh grant to launch our ATN Learning Center in June. We established a scholarship fund that allows families in crisis who are facing financial challenges to be able to take full advantage of our online support and new peer mentoring program. Donors are eagerly contributing to help other families join.
Target demographics: Parents of traumatized children and those with attachment disorders; professionals (therapists, social workers and others) who work with traumatized children and those with attachment disorders.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 700
Geographic areas served: nationwide
Programs: ATN has active online support groups, a peer mentoring program, bi-monthly newsletter, online Learning Center, crisis phone line, resource database and more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a foster/adopt parent of traumatized children for over 20 years. I wish I'd had a group like this from the beginning. ATN is far more than support and resources. This wonderful group of dedicated parents has become experts in the field of trauma and attachment. They have researched their children's disorders and shared their trials and triumphs with each other with the goal of helping themselves and each other. It's an educational, support, and resource system which is unparalleled for this mighty and special population of parents.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long before I was ever on the Board of ATN I was served by it as a parent of a child who suffered from attachment and trauma issues. Adopted at 12 months from overseas we were lost as to help our child heal from her dark past. Even at the tender age of 4 the early months of her life and the lost time she had with a caring parent/caregiver had left their mark on her and if it was not for ATN we would probably still be floundering around out there trying to figure out what was wrong and how to help her. ATN's wealth of support and knowledge was the network we needed on this long journey to heal our daughter. I am happy to say she is a very compassionate and caring child now and it is in large part to what we learned through ATN.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

ATN has changed my life, my family, and our view of a lot of things. We've been lucky enough to find strength and support in ATN as well as make connections nation-wide. It's awesome to have a database and network of therapists, parents, families, and resources. To be able to connect with other RAD and Trauma siblings is invaluable. There is no doubt in my mind that ATN is the best resource out there and has the ability to change millions of lives!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board Member of the Attachment & Trauma Network for several years. I am a mental health therapist who specializes in working with traumatized children. I have been extremely impressed with all of the volunteer parents and other therapists who have devoted their lives to supporting families as they help their children heal. ATN is a wonderful organization of caring parents across the United States who are always willing to lend a hand to others in need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been an adoptive parent of a traumatized child for 12 years. No where else have I found a community of other parents who provide both empathy and guidance in helping our son heal, and helping our family effectively deal with our son.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I found ATN more than a decade ago, they were a lifesaver! To meet and have support from other parents who were raising traumatized children was invaluable. They "got it" and helped me find resources and learn to be a better therapeutic parent. So I started volunteering. ATN has grown through the dedicated efforts of stressed out, overwhelmed parents who do not want other families to have to struggle as hard as they have struggled to find help and hope. There's still so much more to do. The medical community now recognizes early childhood trauma as a public health epidemic, something those of us who have been parenting abused and neglected children already know intimately. Keep up the good work ATN -- the world needs you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding support, learning to therapeutically parent, making friends and finding a voice to advocate for my child and family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase membership and the "voice" of advocating for traumatized children and families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I met the founder online when looking for resources in 1998.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted an extremely traumatized 9 yr old. Very, very few people understand what it is like to live with and parent such a chid. Even many therapists and professionals who were supposedly trained to help these kids, don't understand our kids, or the chaos they bring to our families. When you have a child who causes so much chaos, who needs to be watched 24/7, the result is a very isolated family. The attachment-trauma-network puts us in contact with other parents who understand our very unique issues. I know I for one feel a bit less isolated. The other major issue that is met here more than other places is finding resources for our kids very specialized needs. The combined experience of the parents ferreting out this information is greater than any other place I have found.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This has one chat room where I don't find the snarky sniping that is found on many chats. This is true support for parents, and I have great hopes for the new support buddies program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a better list of resources and links, with the ability for parents to rate those resources.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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