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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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