Hi all. I will be on the radio soon if you want to click in and listenFamily and friends can listen by going out to the website @ http://toginet.com/shows/adoptionjourneytomotherhoodThey just have to click on the live chat button --- or they can listen to it the following day. I know you will be talking about attachment disorders/ sibling issues Feel free to call in with questionsRegina KupeckySee More
"85% of kids in the world have siblings. Most lose them in a search for permanency so asking for an only child may be cutting out many children. You can ask for one child but a child who has no sibs and will have none? very rare.
They may have no…"
"Adopting from foster care is pretty near free. You probably can do it for under 500 or so. There are many children waiting here as well. I don't think Haiti would have the system right now for adoption. As a matter of fact some Americans were…"
"I agree. I think it helps parents contact social workers for help...like I heard you say this and didn't understand or think it would happen to me...that is better than never hearing and thinking you have no idea what is wrong and being…"
"Medication should help withadhd. You need an attachment therapist for RAD who should be able to help with the PTSD as well. You can check www.attach.org for registered clinicians. You do need help as the child will not outgrow those diagnosis…"
"I know the general population of children with Downs has been decreasing because many people choose abortion. Have you contacted your state to get a home study etc done? Every state has waiting children and most have a website but none will…"
"He never gets adopted but Antoine Fisher (the book is Finding Fish) is an excellent movie re an adult, raised in foster care and his journey to reunification, identity etc.
Sometimes its on TV.... Third Person Plural is excellent documentary re…"
"You might go to www.attach.org for referral to a therapist that knows about RAD. You might also want to read Parenting The Hurt Child by Dr Keck and myself. It might help you parent this child in a different way. Many kids get way better
"The kids (new and old, haha!) are adjusting very well. Little Jaycie is sheer joy and fun (for the most part) as an adorable 3-yr-old, with daddy wrapped around her little finger! The most difficult adjustment is for (and with) Jeffery, who is now…"
I have worked in the field of adoption since the 70s. Placing infants, children from foster care and a few international children. Co-authored Adopting The Hurt Child and Parenting The Hurt child (with Dr Keck) as well as An Adoption-Foster Story Angela and Michaels journey with Christine Mitchell. it is a workbook/coloring book/ story
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The kids (new and old, haha!) are adjusting very well. Little Jaycie is sheer joy and fun (for the most part) as an adorable 3-yr-old, with daddy wrapped around her little finger! The most difficult adjustment is for (and with) Jeffery, who is now 10. He's been through SO much more... and has 95% of the benchmarks of attachment issues--- no surprise, after all he's been through. It is VERY difficult for my (previously youngest) son, Nathan, to "attach" to Jeff, with all of Jeffery's behaviors and quirks, to say it nicely. Nathan, who was initially the MOST excited for the "new kids" coming (of all of our seven children), is now very "disallusioned" with the boy that he'd hoped would be a playmate and good buddy for him-- his new roommate, which most of the time he'd like to "kick out" now!!! I'm sure you've seen it before... We don't have enough bedrooms for them to separate (my oldest son already moved into the den), so I don't know what to say to him.... Any ideas? Thanks for asking. Probably didn't know what a loaded question it would be! I'm sure I'm not the only mom facing similar dilemnas. I appreciate your help, Regina.
Oh- and WELCOME to Adoption Voices! I think I sent you an email months ago inviting you to join-- perhaps others invited you, too! Your experience and training will be a very valuable asset 'round here! Becky
Hello, Regina! So good to "find" you here on AV! I met Greg Peck at the ATTACh Conference in September--- sorry I didn't have the pleasure of finally meeting YOU after talking for almost three years! I truly had a wonderful time there, and was glad to also get to know Lynn Wetterberg a little better. Hope to cross paths with you soon! Becky Wright (I'm singing and Keynote speaking at a conference in Louisville this weekend.) www.beckywrightsongs.com