Hunting for Reactive Attachment Disorder (R.A.D.) Groups

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Today I want to find other programs that help parents of adopted children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). I’ve checked out some Facebook 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 who has been a parent of a kid with RAD. I think we should all get together and share our support information

What I’ve found out is that there are child therapists out there telling families RAD does not exist. It is not a proper diagnosis!

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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 kids with RAD getting the correct diagnosis and help, I think getting parents of kids with RAD on the same page and be super supportive of each other is really important.

Would you, my readers like to have one place for new people to check out the different types of RAD groups? I know of a few and will get their permission to advocate for them on my new Facebook page: My Adoption Life. 

The thing that’s interesting to me is that there is such diversity among the groups. There are support groups, educational groups, podcasts and basic information groups. Each serves a different population with one goal in mind: Helping families understand RAD.

I’d also like to get professionals, i.e., therapists, social workers and teachers involved. Adoptive parents need their help as well.

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All of this is my dream for today.

If you have any information to share, please email me at or post it on my FB page: My Adoption Life.

Thank you for reading this post.

N. Ann Lamphere, MSW

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