Today I want to offer some programs that help parents with adopted RAD children. I’ve checked out some Face Book RAD groups. I hate to say it, but some of the groups have less than 5 members. I know the families must be hurting because there are so many of these small groups.
I’d really like to know how to reach all these groups and let them know they’re not alone. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only professional with a RAD kid. I think we should all get together and share our support information.
What I’ve found out is that there are child therapists telling families RAD does not exist. It is not a proper diagnosis!
Since I have had approximately 400-500 family clients who have a child diagnosed with RAD by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist in the last 11 years, I think we need to inform professionals to get over their prejudices.
I am very proactive to get the correct diagnosis for our families’ children. As most parents know, ADHD is usually the child’s first diagnosis and the kid gets a drug to control it. Those drugs don’t usually work. Surprise, surprise!!
Until I can get my dream for RAD kids getting the correct diagnosis and help, I think getting parents of RAD kids on the same page and be super supportive of each other is really important.
Here is a list of parent groups, podcasts and a couple of blogs to begin with. If any of my readers have other contacts, podcasts or blogs, please let me know and I’ll develop a comprehensive list and try to update it regularly.
Reactive Attachment Disorder (that’s the group name)
Impressingminds.com by Kristen Adkins
By Catherine Young
By: N. Ann Lamphere, MSW, CSW