“The treatment parents who foster with IACD have been through similar struggles themselves. They are deeply empathetic and committed to other families who search for help.”
– Julia, Client/Parent
After-school sports, homework, family dinners—normal life. In our treatment homes, kids can be kids in an everyday-kind-of family. But the treatment piece goes on constantly.
Most of the treatment parents have gone through our program with their own children. They truly understand how to work with kids with attachment disorder. They’ve gone through extensive training and have real-life experiences.
Each home follows the same treatment model and rules. Kids learn about their feelings and how to handle conflict. The treatment parents teach them how to let go of control, how to trust adults, and how to live each day in a responsible and respectful manner.
But the families have fun together too. Each treatment home has a unique way they connect as a family. It’s another important element of treatment. Kids learn how to live in a family—in a healthy, safe, and fun way.
“On warm days, we go to a little sandlot baseball field near our house. We play our own made-up version of baseball-a game that even the youngest kids can play,” says Dyan. “The kids talk about and look forward to it all year long.” At Jared’s house, he works on projects and builds with the boys in their workshop. Tom and Jan and the kids ride bikes together. Linda and the kids have campfires and roast marshmallows.
“We want them to have joy and play,” says Dyan, a treatment mom. “They usually don’t get that part of childhood. We want to give that back to them—in a highly-structured and safe home.”