We could feel overwhelmed, frustrated, sad, and full of heartache working with children who have been abused and neglected. Indeed, we have at times. We’ve felt overwhelmed by a broken system that works against our kids and families. We’ve felt frustrated when professionals aren’t given the means or education to work with families effectively. We’ve felt sad for families falling apart because they can’t find the help or resources they need to repair and heal. Our hearts ache for kids who never find a forever family.
Yet, we choose to look forward with hope. There is hope for children and families working to overcome trauma – we’ve seen it many times here at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development.
We have so much for which to be thankful. We are thankful for you.
- We’re thankful to those who support us through their monetary gifts, time, or advocacy efforts in our mission to heal children who suffer from early trauma.
- We’re thankful for elective officials who take the time to listen and understand the real needs of adoptive and foster families and lobby to make a difference.
- We’re thankful for our excellent therapists and psychiatrists and for those professionals who never stop learning in their quest to help families overcome trauma.
- We’re thankful for adoptive parents who’ve made the decision to love others’ children as their own, no matter what.
- We’re thankful for foster families who take it upon themselves to learn about early trauma and positively touch the lives of children in their homes.
- We’re thankful for our therapeutic treatment parents who’ve given their lives to a career in which they open their own homes and work day and night, year-round, to heal and care for children with reactive attachment disorder.
- We’re thankful for our staff who step over and beyond their job responsibilities because they truly care about the families on the other end of the phone or those who walk into and out of our doors each day.
- We’re thankful for case managers who work with us in the best interest of our kids and their families.
- We’re thankful for teachers and other school employees who work with parents raising children with reactive attachment disorder rather than point fingers.
- We’re thankful for law enforcement who protect children who’ve been abused and neglected as well as work alongside the loving parents who now raise them.
Through your hard work, care, and compassion, you are the ones who are healing the broken hearts from the pain of early abuse and neglect. The work may feel overwhelming – like it’s never enough. Remember that it’s so much more than “enough” for at least one child. And when we work together, we reach thousands of children. Those children grow up and reach thousands more in their lifetimes. Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Institute for Attachment and Child Development. We wish you a peaceful day with your family.