–by Laura Dennis Author’s note: I was working on an entirely brand-new post for this week, but life happened. I present instead an edited version of a a post I wrote for my own blog, Les Pensées du chat noir,  in …

Kidneys vs. Brains Read more »

Note from the blog manager: every once in a while, someone at ATN finds a post that is simply too good not to share. I am so glad that this week’s guest, Monica, agreed to let me re-publish it here. To …

4 Reasons Parenting Trauma is Incredibly Difficult Read more »

Manager’s note: Altogether too many families raising traumatized kids have been investigated on false charges of abuse or neglect. This might be triggered a school retaliating against a family advocating for their challenging child, an ignorant bystander, or even the …

Being Investigated? Be Prepared. Read more »

By Nancy Spoolstra, DVM Although there are several possible explanations for why an individual, a couple, or a family chooses to add an unrelated child to their home, in today’s modern society it usually boils down to one basic principle—the …

The Dynamics of Disruption Read more »

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:  Nancy Spoolstra One of the FIRST angels related …

ATN Angel: Gail Trenberth Read more »

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:  Sarah Neal and Vincent Kennebeck When our children …

ATN Angel: Billy Kaplan Read more »

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 …

ATN Angel: Donald Craig Peterson Read more »

by:  D. Craig Peterson   Six words. For many vulnerable children, they give context to a complicated history.  For many parents who’ve opened their hearts, they cut to the bone. The words unfortunately rear their ugly head, especially during the …

That Familiar Holiday Rant: “You’ll never be my real family!” Read more »

by:  Julie Beem Every day ATN gets calls and emails from parents struggling to find answers for their children’s behaviors.  These behaviors are the result of early, often chronic, trauma.  Whether the child has experienced abuse, neglect, painful medical procedures …

I Believe Therapeutic Parenting Sets the Stage Read more »

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 »