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 or Executive Director Forrest Lien. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families.
“Here’s a picture of Cara* working hard independently after I taught her how to hem her bedroom curtains. She has learned so much more than a simple household task in the process. When we worked together, she was learning how to let go of control and how to allow me to guide her. She was learning to trust. She was also building her self-esteem – something most of the kids in our program lack due to early neglect and abuse. In addition, she was learning to take responsibility on her own accord rather than to spend her energy working against Ken and I [her therapeutic treatment parents]. When we put her curtains up, they will represent so much more than mere cloth. They will represent Cara – a wonderful young woman who is allowing us into her life and letting life into her heart after so much pain.”
-Tina VanDyne, therapeutic treatment mom at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development
*name changed to protect privacy
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