We are advocating for the right resources and treatments for children with attachment disorders and developmental trauma so families can heal.

 

“I have to try even if I fail.” -Katherine Noto

We are a nonprofit organization that stretches throughout the Carolinas with the main goal of helping families and children with attachment disorders. Attachment disorders are psychiatric illnesses that can develop in young children who have experienced significant trauma, such as abuse and neglect, in their young lives. Diagnoses of Reactive Attachment Disorder and Developmental Trauma Disorder are commonly known attachment disorders, and these disorders can only be treated by a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and individualized treatment plan.[1] Symptoms of these disorders manifest in children as difficulty in calming down when stressed, defiant and sometimes violent behavior towards the primary caregivers, and difficulty in maintaining relationships.

These disorders are prevalent in children within the foster care system, adopted children in the United States, as well as internationally, and the current foster care system is not equipped to handle these children because the children require such specialized treatment. Many times, children with this disorder are given treatment such as intensive in-home therapy, family centered treatment and are even sent to psychiatric residential treatment facilities, even though these types of treatment have proven not to help children with attachment disorders.

Our main goal is to educate the general public, as well as the mental health community and departments of social services workers about the prevalence of these disorders and advocate for the right treatment for these children. Additionally, one day, with the help of wonderful donors and grants, we hope to open a center in the Carolinas, which will specialize in Attachment Therapy, Neurofeedback therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (“EMDR”) therapy, Brain Reorganization Exercises and parental support that are all affordable for these families. Please consider donating to our cause and following us on social media so that we may make these dreams a reality.

[1] American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, No. 85, January 2014.