Reactive Attachment Disorder
Whatever you do, don't adopt from the foster care system without this knowledge. Educate yourself about reactive attachment disorder and possibly save your family from years of pain. Lanette Neal and her husband adopted a young sibling group of three children. No one had any idea what their life was about to become. Reactive attachment disorder came crashing in, and left destruction in its path. Lanette and her family have lived through reactive attachment disorder, but not without scars. They want you to be prepared for the intense daily struggles that you may encounter if you decide to parent a child who suffers from reactive attachment disorder.
Adoption classes attempt to touch quickly on many possible situations you may become involved in once you adopt from the foster care system, but they need to spend more time on reactive attachment disorder training. Lack of training, unprepared parents, scared and stressed children are a recipe for disaster. Children suffer and the families that adopt them suffer. You may still desire to adopt a child from foster care with reactive attachment disorder, but if you are well prepared, you all have a better chance. This booklet is not a long read, but shares some important information for those interested in foster care adoptions. Adoption is a wonderful thing if you go into it with full disclosure. We all know that rarely happens. You must become your own advocate in your adoption journey. Protect your family and the child you may adopt someday by learning all you can learn.
WHAT THIS BOOKLET IS NOT- This booklet is not a study guide for social work students, it is not an all inclusive study of reactive attachment disorder, or an A-Z attachment dictionary.
WHAT THIS BOOKLET IS- An adoptive mom who has offered to share some of her experiences dealing with a child with reactive attachment disorder. The basic signs and symptoms of reactive attachment and tips throughout. An adoptive moms view on becoming your own advocate as you educate yourself about this disorder that is just becoming more well known.