Blog Posts - Detachment Disorder



Our Annual ADHD and RAD Kid Summer Planner:

Welcome to Our Annual ADHD and RAD Kid Summer Planner, otherwise known as: "Why I Didn't Lose My Mind While My Kid's were on Summer Vacation" by Foster Parent RescueBy John and Diane(First appeared on our blog 5/8/12) We are only a few short weeks aw...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 22, 2015

Dealing with the Introverted RAD Kid: Introverted Tantrums and the Fall Back Technique

by John and Diane RAD kids or children with trust, attachment or trauma disorders, tantrum or “go off” in two different ways. Some are extroverted: meaning they direct their anger outwards- towards You (lucky you…) calling you names, breaking y...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Aug 22, 2014

Blowing the Whistle on Arguing

by John and Diane Working with foster kids means often dealing with kids with multiple behavioral, emotional and cognitive issues. Creative approaches when dealing with frustrating and escalating behavioral situations in the home is the only way to m...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jul 23, 2014

The Photo-Link: A Vital Keepsake/Tool for a RAD Child (or Any Foster Child.)

By John and DianeWith the advent of digital photography, we all take a lot more photos...but how many actually get printed?Not so important to most of us. Really, we post our faces on social media, we email pics to relatives who save them to a hard d...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jan 28, 2014

Foster Parent Q&A: "How Do I Discipline a RAD Kid When Nothing Bothers Him?"

--> by John and Diane. Q:  Dear Foster Parent Rescue : I have a RAD Foster child who is 8 years old. How do I discipline him for bad behavior when he shows no remorse for anything? Nothing I do seems to bother him. Time outs, ta...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Oct 5, 2012

The Importance of Daddy Time: Early Time Spent Together Pays Off Big Down The Road

A recent article on Medical News Today highlights a study in which researchers find that a Father's interactions and positive time spent with infants at age 3 months result in less behavioral issues for tots aged 12 months and beyond. The study proje...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jul 26, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Preschoolers: A New Diagnosis Coming Soon

by John and Diane. PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a term we all are familiar with, usually used when referring to war veterans or those who have survived combat zone trauma. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jul 19, 2012

Kids Get Stressed Too: Ways to "Chillax"

 by John and Diane. Even though we, as parents may be SUPER excited (can you tell I am excited?) about the kids going back to school soon, your kids may be feeling some anxiety and stress. Especially tough for special education students, or n...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jul 16, 2012

Back to School Planning for Kids with ADD, Trust Disorders and More

By John and Diane. NOTE: This posting is about ADD and Trust disorder kids who CAN attend school.  For all those parents who are dealing with kids who aren't attending or cannot attend school yet due to behavioral issues, we have informati...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jul 9, 2012

RAD Kids: Working with Your Support System, Finding the Weak Link and Breaking the Manipulation Cycle

by John and Diane. Once you have gone through the honeymoon period (Read, “You and Your RAD Kid: The Importance of the Trust Building Honeymoon Period”: June8 2012) and you have built up enough “carrots”; memories and things that he or she l...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jun 25, 2012

The Big Fear: Is Your Child A Psychopath? (A link)

Hi Friends, Below is a link to an article from IOL: Lifestyle about identifying factors of early psychopathic behavior in children.  I know this is one of the deepest fears Foster and Adoptive (and maybe all parents of troubled kids) have.. a fe...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jun 22, 2012

Why is My Foster or Adopted Kid Urinating in The Closet (in a Jar, Towel, Hamper, Soda Can): The Red (or Yellow in this Case) Flag and How to Deal with It.

By John and Diane I recently got a message from a parent of a RAD, ADHD adopted child who, although having lived with the family for years, recently began peeing in her room. Unlike bedwetting, which is unintentional and usually done in a sleep...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jun 14, 2012

You and Your RAD Kid: The Importance of the Trust-Building- Honeymoon Period

by John and Diane Working with a child with a trust disorder (also know as Reactive Detachment Disorder, Attachment disorder), whether it is a new foster child or a child you have adopted can be a frustrating and difficult process, especially i...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jun 8, 2012

Hoarding Food Behavior Amongst Foster Kids: An Opportunity for Understanding and Building Trust

by John and Diane Hoarding behaviors of all kinds are not uncommon amongst foster or adopted kids. Hoarding food is especially common and often times overly worrisome for new foster or adoptive parents.  Food issues can be scary.  Let...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jun 5, 2012

“God Help Me! ” or “How the Use of Faith Can Help Build a Stronger Relationship with your Child with RAD or Trust Disorders”

by  John and Diane Concepts like “turning the other cheek,” showing compassion towards others, forgiveness and service are Christian concepts shared by many religions.  As a Christian foster father, I found that by talking about...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 25, 2012

Working with Foster Kids and RAD Kids: Part 2: Building on Situational Trust: Bartering for Goods

by John and Diane Following up on “The RAD Child: Situational Trust and Safety Zones” article, I want to discuss how to proceed with your RAD child and how to work with multiple kids in the home. Now that the child has his safety zone (hi...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 15, 2012

The ADHD and RAD Kid Summer Planner: or "Why I Didn't Lose My Mind While My Kid's were on Summer Vacation" by Foster Parent Rescue

By John and Diane We are only a few short weeks away from summer break from school around here, and if you are a foster parent, or parent of a tough kid, like a child with ADD, ADHD or an attachment disorder, to name a few, the thought of days...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 8, 2012

The RAD Child, Situational Trust and Safety Zones: Part 1. The Bedroom

by John and Diane As I make my way through a larger text on working with kids with RAD, I wanted to share my techniques with you on how to build a safety zone with a new (in my case at least) foster child with RAD. The best way to help a R...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 4, 2012

Great Conversations: Early Pain and Trust Disorders

Hi Friends, I started a conversation on the Parenting Allies FB page about the relationship between colic and trust disorders and we began a discussion on other early childhood illnesses that may result in RAD or trust disorders in kids.  I know...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 2, 2012

Respite from My RAD Foster Child: The Follow Up- Lessons Learned by All

By John and Diane  Well it has been 2 weeks now since me and my RAD foster son’s had our respite and he came back with a new outlook, thank God!  I just wanted to catch you all up on how it went. I went to the other foster home to pick...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Apr 26, 2012


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