Thousands of abused and neglected children nationwide cycle in and out of their biological and foster families numerous times without permanent placement—leaving them without stable and consistent caretakers their entire childhoods. The state of Wyoming hopes to stop that cycle, however, through their collaboration with our program, the Institute for Attachment and Child Development (IACD)—a nationally recognized, non-profit organization from Colorado that specializes in treating reactive attachment disorder.
Taking our mission further
Since 1972, we’ve provided treatment to children with reactive attachment disorder. We have two primary goals—to prepare children in foster care to become family-ready for adoption and to work with adoptive families to preserve adoptions and prevent relinquishment. We’re excited to work toward a third goal as well—to work with birth parents whose children live in foster care due to abuse and neglect. Department of Family Services’ (DFS) agents must attempt to reunify birth parents and their children by law nationwide. “Unfortunately, typical reunification requirements set by DFS aren’t usually enough. Parents who abuse and neglect their children usually have deep psychological and mental health problems that aren’t addressed and the cycle continues,” said Forrest Lien, Executive Director of IACD. “We will address these issues whenever the court that orders reunification gives us the opportunity.”
With your help…
We recently opened our doors for outpatient services in Cheyenne and hope to open our in-patient program by late summer. Our unique in-patient program requires extra time due to the select staff we employ. “Although we have many children awaiting beds, we do need to take our time with finding the just-right therapeutic treatment parents,” said Forrest Lien, IACD Executive Director. “Our program is entirely different than residential treatment programs. Our children live with real families in real homes. Many of our treatment parents started with us as foster or adoptive parents themselves who received training and support to become professional treatment parents for our organization. We’ll wait until we find the special people we need.” If you think you or someone you know might be the just-right people we need, please learn more below. Together, we can grow our mission and make a real difference in the lives of struggling children and families.
Learn about becoming a therapeutic treatment parent for the Institute for Attachment and Child Development