A New Support Resource for Adoptive Parents of Children with RAD

91786558As I’ve shared over the past few weeks about our mental health journey with our adopted son, the emails and Facebook messages have been pouring in.  Obviously Mark and I are not alone in what we’re walking through.

Moms need to be with other moms who understand what their life is like.  This is why moms groups are important.  This is why military mom support groups are important. This is why moms who have children with special needs need to be in touch with one another.

I did a brief look for online support for parents of children with RAD, and while I found some good websites, I did not find any easily accessible support groups.  So I decided to create my own through Facebook.

If you’re parenting a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder, this is for you! If you’re not parenting a child with RAD, you may very well know of a mom (or a dad) who is and needs support!

This will be a place to find encouragement, share stories, pool knowledge, and share resources with one another.  The group is a private group so no one can read the posts unless they are a member of the group.  It’s a confidential place to seek and share information.

If you are parenting a child with RAD or know someone who is, the group can be joined HERE!

What about you?  What support groups have you found to be helpful in your life?  Post your answer as a comment here!

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13 thoughts on “A New Support Resource for Adoptive Parents of Children with RAD

  1. Jill,
    This is awesome! I am a sibling to an adoptee that struggles with several things, ADD/ADHD/RAD, and is likely on the Aspergers spectrum. We’ve been siblings for 22 years now, but, whew, what a whirlwind growing up!! (I’m 35). I feel for your parent friends, and for you. It hits a family hard! I want to offer up the encouragement of God’s grace in these situations, though, because He’s the only reason our family isn’t off the deep end!!! There is a joy in this journey of life with kids so affected by these issues. My sister struggles to this day, but God is making budding blooms in her life which once was a very dark and unfriendly place. I want to pray with you and lift up these struggles, especially since they hit so close to my own life. Thank you for talking about this!!!

    Amanda

  2. Since I was a homeschooling mom, I went to homeschool support group meetings for help and commiseration. : ) It was 35 miles away, though, so I wound up starting a group close to home. It was wonderful! Those women became my closest allies and dearest friends. We kind of went through the “war” together, so to speak, our bond was that deep. I still meet with 3 of them on a monthly basis for lunch and to catch up. I can’t understate the importance of having women to share your struggles with–the men were relieved of an emotionalism that was difficult for them to handle, while we found REAL comraderie with each other because we were actually going through the same things. Not to say that our hubbies didn’t engage with us on these issues, but we had a chance to sound out our emotions without creating a home crisis just from airing them! It was good for the guys, good for the kids, and good for us and our spiritual walk. We grew together and I’m so grateful for that season of sharing our godly journeys.

  3. Make sure you have a good support system. There are support groups for parents of ADD and ADHD kids that have been very helpful for many. Connecting with other parents who know what you’re going through and who will listen without judgment will help you feel less alone and more resilient. I also recommend taking a break from time to time to do something fun and relaxing for yourself.

  4. I am an adoptive mom of 5 children, 1 who is RAD. It took 7 years before she was diagnosed, even though we went thru much therapy. It has been a long hard journey that ended 6 weeks, ago by removing her because she physically tried to kill my oldest, and verbalizes wanting to kill us. She is staying with adoptive grandparents, who still want to see the other kids. Only the 2 youngest are, willing to go visit grandparents ( they are MR, more forgiving) but the RAD child sends back death threats, thru the young children. I have had no support or understanding of our situation. I grieve over the pain my other children have endured. I am scared she will come back to hurt us. Feeling very alone.

    • It is available but is now a “secret” page. Please email me at jill (at) jillsavage.org and I’ll get you added!