Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday, about the kind of community you want to live in. – Unknown by:  Julie Beem Everyday, I get up and …

Everyday, I Get Up and Go to Work . . . Read more »

by:  Melissa Sadin Typically, our children’s lives are measured by events such as birthdays, grades in school, graduation, etc. Recently, however, it occurred to me that there are other events by which I measure my son’s growth. Oh sure, I’m …

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by:  Allison Cooke Douglas We’ve used a “Calm Down Box” with our child for years. It’s full of tools they can use when they are beginning to escalate. This is a specific child’s box, so it’s tailored to his specific …

Tuesday Toolbox: Calm Down Box Read more »

by:  Julie Beem Ok – this is a strange topic for the Executive Director to blog about. Yes, I’m biased. But here’s the deal…I pay my annual Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) membership dues each year because I know what …

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by:  Gari Lister Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be able to go on safari in South Africa.  The most important component of our visit was two “game drives” each day – essentially several hours riding around the …

On Safari . . . at Home Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson All children need a special activity in their lives – something to call their own. And especially those who’ve experienced trauma. Many of these opportunities happen through school. For some it’s team sports. For others it might …

A Niche for Every Child Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson Looking back to my elementary school years, I was lucky. Learning came easy. Fast forward 30 years. My children were struggling at school. When a flyer came home about a school workshop, I jumped at the chance …

What Now? My Child is Struggling at School Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson In elementary school my two attachment-challenged sons whipped through their assignments in class. They rarely had homework. Since both made excellent grades, I never gave the situation a second thought. All that quickly changed by middle school. …

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by:  Julie Beem If you read one story about adoption today – this is the one. Your social media feed may be full of news about attachment & trauma, Fetal Alcohol, and PTSD, but don’t miss this article. I can …

Perseverance & Endurance – Qualities of a Champion Runner … and His Adoptive Dad Read more »