Tips for Adopting or Fostering Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol or Other Drugs 1. Work with informed professionals in quality adoption agencies. 2. Explore your feelings about alcohol and drug abuse, particularly among pregnant women. 3. Discuss the child’s background …

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by:  Craig Peterson Early childhood trauma. Complex behaviors. The two often go hand in hand as parents and professionals will attest. Although they create enormous challenges for families, receiving an accurate mental health diagnosis for a child can be another …

FASD and RAD — “Cannot vs. Will Not” Read more »

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Countless longtime members of ATN are parenting children severely impacted by early trauma. They may carry the painful memories of searching far and wide for trauma-informed resources, as do many who serve on ATN’s staff and board. Each year, members …

Is the CTSS2019 Conference for Parents? No…and Yes! Read more »

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–Craig Peterson Manager’s note: you can read the original post, along with many others, on Craig’s own blog at https://adoptingfaithafathersunconditionallove.org/ Craig also has a forthcoming memoir, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love, and you can follow his son Andrew’s story by clicking “Like”  on his …

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By:  Julie Beem Tireless.  That’s the word that comes to mind when describing Craig Peterson.  Those on Facebook know him as Donald Craig Peterson.  Craig is an author, an activist, an advocate, an advisor…but most importantly he’s a dad.  Parenting …

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With great sadness, we report the passing of Lawrence B. (Larry) Smith, LCSW of Silver Spring, MD on August 11, 2016. Larry was a well-respected therapist who specialized in attachment disorders, developmental trauma and FASD. He was an active volunteer with the Attachment & Trauma Network, serving as a board member since 2009. A child and family therapist since 1993, Larry has helped countless families around the DC area and across the country. Larry has written extensively on attachment disorders and trauma, as well as related topics of shame, FASD and the neurological impacts of technology. Many of his articles, including the well-known “Oil and Water: The Attachment-Disordered Child at School” can be found on the website he co-founded and maintained: www.attachmentdisordermaryland.com.

In Memory of Larry… August 2016.  With great sadness, we report the passing of Lawrence B. (Larry) Smith, LCSW of Silver Spring, MD on August 11, 2016. Larry was a well-respected therapist who specialized in attachment disorders, developmental trauma and …

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As we begin 2015, many of us may have resolved to learn more about early childhood/attachment trauma and attachment disorders. We may need to delve into how to be therapeutic parents or need a refresher in strategies to stay calm …

Therapeutic Parents — Check out These Trainings Coming Your Way Read more »

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