Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) - New Program Launched to Help Children

A new program has been launched to help families affected by Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). A Heart's Work offers respite, training, shadowing, parent coaching and in-home based services to help both the children, with attachment problems, and their parents.

October 6, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / FPRC) -- Debbie Bobbit-Harris and Sharon Fuller are pleased to announce the launch of their new care network and program 'A Heart's Work'. Designed specially to help families with children who suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), a Heart's Work is an essential program for those families looking for help with this often misunderstood disorder.

RAD primarily affects adopted children who spent their early years in orphanages or in the foster care system. As such they were unable to bond with their mothers and as a result have developed an attachment disorder. Sadly there is not much support for families who are struggling with this serious disorder.

A Heart's Work has been launched to offer support, help and education for those caught in the middle of this emotional tempest. Services range from monthly therapeutic motivational respite to parent coaching and also includes in-home based services and advocacy services for parents and children at school meetings.

“We want to help educate people about RAD so that, as a society, we can begin to recognize that this disorder is more common than previously thought” said Debbie Bobbit-Harris. “We want to let people know that there is help available, and healing is possible.”

“We both have adopted children who have been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder” said Sharon Fuller. “We know first hand what this disorder can do to families.”

A Heart's Work respite program is designed to help children who have difficulties regulating their emotions and behaviors because of attachment issues. Using a variety of therapeutic techniques, the program creates a safe environment where the child learns to identify and get in touch with their feelings, usually for the first time in their life.

Debbie has six children, three of whom she adopted and were diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder and other special needs. As a therapeutic foster parent for 17 years, she has fostered nearly 100 children. Debbie has dedicated more than 12 years to the development of several programs that have brought healing and hope to 300 families.

Sharon and her husband, Ed, have nine children . Six are biological, and three were adopted internationally. Her adopted children have attachment problems that vary in degree from mild to severe, in addition to physical, mental, and emotional disabilities that include fetal alcohol syndrome. Sharon has had comprehensive training in the area of reactive attachment disorder. She provides therapeutic motivational respite and professional parent coaching.