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What is Reactive Attachment Disorder: An experiential point of view.

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Generations Church

3600 22nd St.

Greeley, CO 80634

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RAD Advocates will be sharing personal experiences that highlight what living with a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder looks like in the home. They will discuss what families can do to make a difference in the life of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder. These experiences will be contrasted against some of the definitions and explanations that professionals tend to use when discussing children with attachment issues. Parenting any child who has a traumatic background is difficult. That difficulty is compounded when a child is unable to attach to a parent. Diagnosing R.A.D. can be difficult because children with attachment issues can exhibit a wide range of behaviors. Having an accurate diagnosis and receiving proper treatment is critical. If a child remains undiagnosed or receives ineffective treatment, their disorder can become increasingly worse. R.A.D. Advocates hopes to provide foster/adoptive parents with more knowledge on identifying R.A.D and finding support.

R.A.D. Advocates was founded by Amy VanTine and Kathleen Johnson and was later joined by Beth Cochran. All three are adoptive parents of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder. They formed R.A.D. Advocates after experiencing the effects R.A.D. has on the family as a whole and the lack of understanding professionals and the community have about the disorder. They are passionate about creating awareness and understanding about R.A.D. as well as advocating for change in the system to get children and their families the care they need.

This is free event. Childcare provided. 2 training hours will be earned.

Sponsored by Foster Source.

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