Mental Health Awareness Month Every May, advocacy organizations such as Mental Health America come together to raise awareness around needs related to mental health. These needs have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. Now that we have entered the month of …

Child Abuse, Coronavirus, and Mental Health Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

–by Donald Craig Peterson [originally published on the author’s blog, Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love, March 19, 2018] Plain and simple. Parents know their children best from years of observation and interaction. They might not used fancy terms. They …

Respect Thy Parent Voice Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

–by Sara Borgstede [originally published on the author’s own blog, The Holy Mess, on March 1, 2018.] Manager’s note: while many children who suffer from mental health issues never become violent, the tragic reality is, some do. A huge hug …

When Children with Mental Health Issues Are Violent Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In celebration of ATN’s 2016 Angels in Adoption award, we’re profiling ATN members who have helped ATN win the award — and who have themselves been Angels to families and children. by:  Toni Hoy While I parented two children of …

ATN Angels: Cindy McMurry, MaryBeth Storrow, Jenny Dew, Susan Woodruff Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

In celebration of ATN’s 2016 Angels in Adoption award, we’re profiling ATN members who have helped ATN win the award — and who have themselves been Angels to families and children. by:  Maureen O’Neill Davis ATN’s advocacy director, Toni Hoy, …

ATN Angel: Toni Hoy Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

by: Melissa Sadin

Orange is the New BlackEvery few years, the fashion industry announces a new color that for a time becomes as popular as black. The first time I heard this phrase it was red. Red was the new black. I bought some red and am now more comfortable wearing red than I used to be. The most recent new black was orange. I’m still getting used to it, but I am becoming more comfortable wearing orange.

Trauma is the new black in childhood developmental disorders. Those of us who have been “wearing” trauma are already comfortable with it. We understand the strengths and limitations. We are, however, waiting for it to catch on. There are still many who don’t quite know what to do with it.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,