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Friday, July 10, 2009
  Reactive Attachment Disorder
One thing that concerns me is the failure to recognise that it is the way that children are treated in care that gives rise to many of the problems they face in later life.

The DCSF Select Committee saw the system in Denmark which is so very different both in the way it treats families and is so much better in terms of outcomes.

However, although it is obvious from this that whatever may happen to children before the state gets involved the outcomes could be far better, this is not generally recognised.

The increase in the number of failed adoptions recognised in the attached artice in The Times and also on More 4 tonight is from an increase in inappropriate adoption decisions as well as more reactive attachment disorder from the treatment of babies in part by birth parents and in part by the care system.
 
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I am dealing with a case at the moment,where the Mother has been diagnosed, by a so called expert,with attachment disorder.
The Lady has been denied representation, by a Mackenzie friend being present.
PAIN sent a representative up to Cumbria, when she arrived at the Family Court, the Client, said that if PAIN continued to be involved in the Case, the Parents would have their Children adopted, and all continuing assessments canceled.
The Father did have a Children's Panel Solicitor present, he also objected to our presence.
Blackmail by the Local Authority.
We have had to butt out, because of the Adoption threat.
This poor Mother, now has no legal representation, leaving her high and dry.
Alison Stevens Parents Against Injustice.
 
I think I'd say that what happpens in care can make the significant trauma of chronic early maltreatment within a caregiving relationship worse by reinforcing the negative internal working model. The already "weakened" developmental system of the child is further stressed by being moved and placed in new homes; and, of course, by the sometimes placement into an abusive family.
 
Dear John (not a breakup letter)

I am a RAD Survivor myself and your story is a very special piece of the R.A.D. puzzle. I would like to thank you for sharing your story. I have added your blog to our online RSS feeds at rad online. I would love to speak more with you in the future.

Keep up the great work. One day, you will be thanked for the sacrifices you are making for your rad child.

Michael
http://www.rad-online.org
 
By the way......This is an OUTSTANDING resource to the community. Thank you for your hard work.

:)

Michael
 
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