Grief & Loss

The Teen Years: Brain Development and Trauma Recovery

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 1; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  Adapted by Anna Libertin, NACAC’s communications specialist, from a webinar by Kim Stevens. Kim Stevens is a program manager at NACAC who specializes in post-adoption support, youth development, training for caregivers, and trauma and healing. She is also the adoptive parent of four children from foster… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Grief & Loss, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

From Chaos to Calm: Emotional Regulatory Healing

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC  Juli Alvarado is the founder and senior clinical consultant at the Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group. For more than two decades, the Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group has offered trauma-sensitive resources and training, life coaching, and organizational development to families and child welfare… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

Understanding the Conversation Behind the Behavior

When reviewing records of many of the children with whom I work, I am perplexed at one particular notation I regularly see written by therapists and counselors. Under the list of negative traits of the child, it is often written, “Child exhibits attention-seeking behaviors.” I strongly believe that children seek attention because they need attention… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

Grief and Loss

Loss is one of the core issues in adoption. Every child and parent in adoption has experienced loss of some kind—whether the loss of their birth family or loss of a control of what a child experience in their early life. Understanding this loss and the resulting grief can help adoptive parents be more successful… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting

A Child in Pain: When to Get Help and What Help to Get

The memory is vivid. I am eight years old and I am screaming. I am hysterical in my room. I ache at a level that I cannot give words. Over and over again I cry that no one loves me and that I don’t fit. My father holds me. He cries while I cry. He… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting
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Helping Children Recover from Grief: Support Is Essential

Christen: When our two biological sons were 12 and 16, my husband and I chose to expand our family through adoption. In 2010 we welcomed a sibling set of four—Olivia, Samantha, Serena, and Zach, ages 3, 5, 7 and 9—into our lives and hearts. Despite hearing that families often faced challenges in the early stages… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting
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The 3-5-7 Model—Helping Children Work Through Grief

Children and youth in the child welfare system want a life free of pain and full of love. If possible, most want to live with their parents. We in the system cannot discount or minimize the power of love between children and their birth parents. While parents may have had inadequate parenting capacity, most have… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting, Trauma
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Ambiguous Loss Haunts Foster and Adopted Children

Ambiguous loss—a feeling of grief or distress combined with confusion about the lost person or relationship—is a normal aspect of adoption. Parents who adopt children with special needs may feel ambiguous loss related to what the child could have been had he not been exposed to toxic chemicals in utero, or abused and neglected after… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting

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