This post is one of our Family Friday series when we give you a peek into our family treatment homes. Each Friday, we’ll show you a picture, along with a description from one of our treatment parents. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families.
“Here are some of the kids in our program enjoying a campfire with Tom, an IACD therapeutic treatment dad, at our family’s mountain getaway. To spend time outdoors with positive adult role models is good for all kids. It’s especially great for children with reactive attachment disorder. Given their traumatic early childhood experiences, our kids haven’t had full opportunities to experience simple joys in life. Their innocent, carefree childhoods were taken from them.
We want to give the kids happy experiences now in a way they can handle—in highly structured and safe environments. These camping trips also help them to learn new life skills from our treatment parents—things like how to cook meals with creativity and resourcefulness. Ultimately, they are learning to trust adults in healthy ways and experience joy. It’s so much more than a campfire.”
-Jan Barber, therapeutic treatment mom at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development