Parents of Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder

Often the most overlooked people caught up in the typhoon of Reactive Attachment Disorder are the foster or adoptive parents. The fostadopt parent has done nothing but try and bring a child into their home with the intent of caring for and supporting that child. The fostadopt parent has had nothing to do with the child's previous experiences which were often brutal and neglectful. These experiences have twisted the behaviours of the child into strange patterns that bear little resemblance to a normal child but have to do with the child's survival mechanisms.

So what does this do the parent? Parents of the RAD child usually appear angry, rigid, emotionally distant, and rejecting. Friends and family may feel that the parent(s) overreact to the child's behaviour. What they don't know is that these parents almost never have a break from the child's behaviours which can include:

  • Aggression and violence
  • Eating issues including stealing and hoarding food, food refusal, and gorging
  • Emotional issues including superficial charm with strangers, the ability to read other's emotions and push buttons, theatrical displays of emotion, and the incalbitly to give or receive affection
  • These kids can display anti-social behaviours like stealing, pathological and nosensical lying, they can destroy things for no reason, and they can be cruel
  • These children can show sexualised behaviours like seductiveness, they can act out with other children, they can engage in bestiality
  • Often their conscience appears broken with the child denying and blaming others, they may avoid eye contact, they often can't accept responsibility, they can show little remorse, they often will be verbally abusive
  • RAD children sometimes display bizzare behaviours like peeing on things and peeing themselves, they will sometimes smear poop, eating non-edible things, talking to themselves, hitting themselves, they may not sleep well, they may show fascination with fire and blood.
  • RAD kids are often sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and will present with dissociative behaviours, they will repress traumatic memories, they engage in self preservation activities in appropriately, they have trouble seeing cause and effect.
  • Often there are problems maintaining friends and they will make poor peer relationship choices.

This goes on day in and day out 365 days of the year. Parents themselves experience trauma from their child.

These parents find themselves feeling like rejecting the child. Sometimes there are abusive thoughts. Parents will find themselves feeling incompetant and inadequate. This can lead to depression. Finally, parents of Children of Trauma can feel like they are blamed and responsible by their child.

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Parenting RAD kids

And some people don't understand that this disorder get WORSE on holidays. The day that everyone looks forward to are horrifying for the parents of kids with RAD. So if these families need to do things a little bit differently don't yell at them. Don't tell them that they are giving into bad behaviors. There are things going on that you don't know. Just look at them (even if you don't get it or agree) and tell them that you love them and will help them ot no matter what because that what true friends do.

I know of 2 children that are

I know of 2 children that are twins who are 6.The state has placed them in the foster home of the grandparent. This person has slapped 1 of children in the face, is not consistent on taking the children to appointments, favors 1 child over the other (the boy over the girl). Withholds love and affection, makes them act older than they are, and as of late come to find the young boy is made to sit down when urinating and use toilet paper when done. I have reported my concerns many times to no avail. The children already suffer from PTSD and other trauma. My question is why are the foster parents not put through more assessments to become foster parent? Kids don't need anymore abuse in their lives.

Being a foster parent....

I can speak for most of the foster community when I say we are put through rigorous hoops to become licensed. We have assessments, background checks, monthly visits, unannounced visits, etc. So I don't agree with your statement. People are human and while slapping a foster child (or any child) is unacceptable, it doesn't apply to the foster community as a whole.

They're not put through

They're not put through rigorous assessments when it's a kinship placement. That grandparent may be a kinship placement and not certified foster. Even though that 3rd person party is calling the grandparent a foster, they just may be ignorant to the difference.

That sounds awful! You can

That sounds awful! You can call that in to your state's department of human services or child welfare. They have a hotline number that you can find online. If you let them know, they can do a proper investigation.

RAD Teenager

Hi I am step parent of my husbands adopted daughter now 14.Although always challenging she changed almost overnight after we moved house. Aggressive behaviour, constant running away, stealing knives, self harming, obsession with boys, eating everything in the house. She was taken into temporary care for her own safety and now social services want her to come home but nothing has changed when she has come on visits. We cant cope!

Stepparent adoption

Ours is so cunning that people tend to believe her and think we are terrible to her. Good luck

Has anyone of you experienced

Has anyone of you experienced the beahiors influencing the younger children? Like a trickling effect?
I have a step son who is gone 3 days a week at grandmas, and when he is gone my kids (4 and 2) are well behaved and calm. When he comes home his behaviour seems to be picking up now in the younger ones... is this common?

Me too!!!!

I have the same thing. My step-daughter has RAD. My 2 yr old is a sweet and loving girl, but when her sister is here it's another story! My LO has picked up my SD weird language! " I think" is said in front of everything. Im so exhausted!

Has anyon of you experienced

YES!!!!! The younger ones copy the behaviors EXACTLY!

Has anyon of you experienced

YES!!!!! The younger ones copy the behaviors EXACTLY!

Are there any support groups in MD?

My wife and I adopted 2 girls and both are gone. We recently learned of RAD/ SAD and the characteristics fit our girls nearly to a "T".

I have lost 2 internationally

I have lost 2 internationally adopted teens.. I am hanging on to threads. They are in control. I panic when I have contact and then I'm broken when they go. I didn't understand about RAD and wish I had known sooner. I am a single adoptive mum and they were my world. My family believe I caused them to go and I was not a good parent.. they continually advise me about how to manage them and of course my teens are different with them .
7 years on IVF ..and such a longing to be a parent... all gone. My sister is surrounded with enriching family and I am alone.. I stare at her facebook page with kids and grandkids and joy and celebrations and I feel so sick. Even my ex husband ( had an affair and went off after 24 years).. believes I am the one who has the problem.
I disagree, RAD and the fracture when my husband suddenly left the family was the problem when they were just beginning teens.. I was left with angry reactive and traumatised children who had already been abandoned and there Dad had upped and left....

I was the nurturing enemy and was the punching bag. I love them so much but I am beginning to see I have no family! I can't fix it.

I read all these comments and

I read all these comments and I think......did I get on here and right about my life and I didn't even know it. It is amazing to hear that we are all going through the exact same thing. RAD has such marked symptoms no different then cancer or any other disease. It was wonderful to read the comment by a person who had struggled with RAD and is now counseling RAD children and their parents. There is no one better qualified than that. I do have to say.....the moment that you stop trying to change, fix, and save your RAD child you will not believe the burden you will be relieved of. Can you make a Down Syndrome child normal? No, you learn how to parent a child that will always have Down Syndrome so that they can have as much of a happy and productive life as they can have. Even when you first start devouring all the literature on RAD you will find it hard to parent in the way that is advised. It seems to be so foreign, cold, and unloving, but what we truly don't understand is that truly loving someone, is loving them based on what is best for them, not how it makes us feel. I am learning to: Stop asking and expecting. Remove all personal offense and feelings of betrayal. Throw all guilt and anger out the window. I hope this helps someone.

New to RAD

Hello, my newly adopted daughter has RAD and we are just realizing it and I am now in the process of trying to learn how to parent her. What books and tools did you use to help you? You seem to be in a place I am hoping to get to as soon as I can. Thank you!

My husband and I have three

My husband and I have three biological children and 4 adopted, three of which are my husbands niece and nephews. All four of our adopted children have RAD. We fostered for approx. 15 years and almost all of our foster children had RAD, also. It has taken me 15 years to finally understand, accept, cope, and begin healthy parenting my children with RAD. Unfortunately, my youngest biological daughter and I did not escape without being totally traumatized. What finally clicked in my (our) brain that is now helping to direct us down the long road to health, is characterized by one foundational word, EXPECTATIONS! I can no longer be tricked by the voice in my head that wants me to parent based on everything, but what is right in front of me and real. I no longer parent based on bitterness, doubt, anger, guilt, fear, and family and peer pressure, which all resulted from my expectations! My husband is totally involved and in complete agreement, but (as we all know is the case for fathers most of the time) he has not suffered as my daughter and I have. This can be one of the most debilitating and loneliest journeys a person can be on. I used to feel this was a punishment from the Lord, now I know he is doing a work in me through them.

wow, I totally understand

wow, I totally understand what you're saying in the end... My husband and I feel like the Lord placed my 2 adopted children in our lives for a reason, but there have been many times I questioned if we made a mistake, because it was affecting the rest of us so much (we have 2 bio kids also, 1 with high functioning autism).
just today I had to pick up my daughter from daycare early, because her teacher left last friday and she has a new teacher. I tried to talk to her about it before school today, but that broken attachment reared it's ugly head and she not only kicked her teachers & friends, but knocked stuff over, ran away, threw her shoes at the director and screamed like a mad woman. when I picked her up she slapped me 3 times (mind you we 've had her 2 yrs and she has never done that). Just when I think we're making progress, she takes 2 steps back. i'm really worried about Kindergarten next month...

I am so glad I found this web

I am so glad I found this web site. It is very difficult being a parent or step parent of a child with this diagnosis. I have a step daughter with this diagnosis. My husband and his family have been less then supportive. They seem to think that an adult should be able to handle any child. They don't understand the manipulation that happens in these relationships. I have watched my step daughter sit happily in the middle of the whole house crying and arguing over something that she manufactured. I found the only way for me to survive was to take myself out of her triangle. I seem to be her target. I have had poop on the walls, pee dumped out of a 2nd story window on me, she lets my dogs out of the backyard i Had to sleep with our twin sons until they were old enough to tell her to leave them alone due to her trying to touch them inappropriatly. My step daughter is 18 and 6 feet tall she is 2 times my size. So again I took my self out of the triangle and it seemed to work. It stopped the arguments and the instability in my house turned around,This lasted for 5 years. She can't manipulate if you arent a willing participant. Thats what I thought.....WRONG. My step daughter recently was put on a 5150 hold due to suicide thoughts. Now I have a social worker telling my husband that all my stepdaughter wants is a relation ship with me and I won't even say hello. Why won't these people listen? I am really afraid for my life. I don't know when this ends or how to get the help she needs. I am tired.


I have 2 adopted Teens and I am a single adoptve mum. My 2 nearly adult RAD children have lied manipulated, abused and broken contact playing me like a kitten with a ball of string because they know I want to see them. I have learn't to be passive, keep in touch from a distance. and not expect anything..When with them, I am tentative and waiting for the next abuse or rage.. Its a little like get in quick and get out before they punch( figuratively)..I had a nasty divorce.. result of an affair and they prefer my ex and his new partner..

I won custody, but both ran away and ditched me in their teens and went to my ex ( after smashing walls, raging at me and ignoring me) ...My 2 were internationally adopted at a young age.. one is gregarious, alcohol dependent, charming , loud and very cruel.... the gorging is unbelievable... My other teen is withdrawn, hardly speaks and has been involved in drugs (LSD, ICE, Weed...) He has broken all contact.. says he has no feelings for me.. He roams free at my ex's and lives in his room..

My family does not understand and I feel very isolated.. My 2 children were very loved, treasured and cared for with so much tenderness. They were very much wanted after 7 years on IVF and extensive operations. My mother now has read about RAD and is beginning to understand, but I have struggled for nearly 20 years with no other support . I have been treated as if I cannot parent my children by my own family.... everyone has advised me and not listened to me nor validated my feelings.

Please, if you have young children with this condition or just adopted children, understand that you will have issues of some sort. Learn to not put your life on hold. You cannot fix this... you need to protect and care for yourselves as well as your children. You are important too and have a right to survive and be happy.. Don't leave it too late.

I understand

I am in the same kind of situation. It's hell!! Get the social workers out of your life! Trust me they wi not believe you! I was accused of abuse. Protect your other children, she will hurt them out of jealousy and just to hurt you!


I also have a RAD step child and am currently looking for a support group with other step parents/parents who have RAD children who have little support from the biological mother/father. Do you know of any that might help the both of us?

Support for step parents

if you've found something I'd definitely be interested in hearing about it!

Anything Positve about RAD

First of let me apologize for being chipper and sounding motivated. I am and I only recently figured out what our child's challenge is. Your right I haven't been worn down yet and I have only been dealing with this for 1 1/2 years. I am sure everyone starts off motivated and ends up just barely surviving. I am a realistic person and have a pretty good idea what is coming.

I am hoping to here some positive attributes about kids with RAD that parents have successfully diverted there RAD kid into doing.

I have experience much of the same. And have recently found out my foster to adopt son has RAD. We are in it for the long haul. But frankly this is scary stuff and to here you talk like it never ends is really sad. I hope we will find the help we need and luck out with the severity of his RAD. I dont think we are going to luck out but things are constantly getting a little better.

We are looked down on by most parents and the system as being to quick and short with him. For me that has been the ticket. No warnings for stuff he knows is wrong. And having the conviction of following through every-time. Sometimes getting my but off the couch ten times in an hour is more than exhausting, but I am committed to helping him break through this.

Also do any of you know about any classes for child restraint that I can get certified for. CPS said I cant restrain my child even though he is hurting himself or others. That I should try talking and more counseling. They actually encouraged me to build a safe room for his 4 hour fits of rage. When I can simply restrain him and have him through it in 10 minutes. Anyways I know they are going to tell me I cant do it anymore as he is telling them he cant breath. When he is in restraint he is constantly yelling and screaming at me to let him go. No real breathing problems, my ears can attest to that.

I am hoping to here some positve attributes about kids with RAD that parents have successfully diverted there RAD kid into doing.

Positive things about my son
Creates wonderful things out of nothing
He paints amazing things
Recognizes beautiful things no matter how big or small
Can hike and hike and hike. Like me.
Loves the outdoors
Loves to build things
Loves to paint and sculpt and carve
Really good at school
Really smart, this is borderline bad thing.

At least we can say we are Rad parents, even though we dont feel like it most of the time.

Has anyone found a home were we are safe to talk our problems as Rad parents and get some ideas on new things things to try on our Rad kids.


Just commenting on your question about restraint. I find it interesting that your CPS said you are not allowed to restrain. We had Family Based Services for 8 months and that's a lot of what THEY did. Lots of physical restraint. Freakin' traumatized my kid more!! Now as far as training, we had Family Base show us how plus we had a class through out foster/adopt agency. Best of luck to you.

Read this book "little Sugar Addict"

I have found with my own daughter that sugar & food coloring have been a big role in my daughters behaviors. Please check this book out it is worth a try. I adopted three girls whom they said all have RAD!!!!!!!! My husband & I have been through a lot we adopted the girls when they were 6, 12 ,15 & yes we have been through A lot, thank god our faith has kept us strong. My daughters are now 10, 16 & 19 our 19 year old is now living back with her bio family & our 16 year old has been in intensive treatment program & my 10 year old well she has a good foundation because she was living with us since she was 2 1/2 but she acts like she is 3 to 5 with her temper tantrums but they mostly happen when she has gotten into sugar & food coloring. It is the hardest thing to find foods without sugars but we work really hard at it & I know people don't understand but she gets angry & talks back & is very nasty hen she gets her fix of sugar & it doesn't come from us, she goes to public school & even though we pack her stuff & school knows that she cant have it she seems to find away to get her hands on it, but the school has really been helping in stopping these stealing behaviors because its more then the stealing it the fact that she doesn't even think right when she gets hold of the sugar. I have been told its like a addiction for her. All three girls where born drug addicted, so maybe this is just a addiction. Regardless it affects her in ways that is so hard to explain. Please if you are struggling in this area it cant hurt to try to see a difference with your child off the sugar for awhile & see if this helps, I bet it cant hurt to try, but yes it is a hard diet. good luck, and GOD BLESS

What do you do?

I am a step mom to a RAD daughter. Her mother was depressed and neglectful for the first 6 months of her life and left shortly after for another. She has been in my daughters life sporadically since. Meanwhile my husband worked grave yards entrusting the primary care to his parents who he also lived with until we met and got married when our daughter was two.
She is now almost 7 and we are burnt out. At first I thought the possesive behavior over her father towards me and her fits were the need to get used to me. I thought her commands to me "Stay out of Daddy's room (also mine) were the result of her grandparents giving into her every whim. I realized 2 years ago there was a problem when she could not handle a simple disappointment and broke down for 2 hours, kicking, fighting and screaming.
My husband takes care of both of our children, our daughter (my step, honestly but we have full custody so she is my child) and our son (4), while I work to provide for them. We no longer derive any joy from our relationship with her. All I see is how she is lying to me, manipulating her brother, and acting in many different ways to different people, being fake. Her teacher sees an extremely intelligent and respectful student. Her mother sees a little girl who is sweet and concerned about others. However her mother is starting to see some behavior that we have dealt with for years.
She recently threw a fit in a restaurant becasue she couldn't play with the claw machine. Her mom took her out and had her calm down and return to the restaurant where she got her favorite foods and dessert. We would not have done that. For years we have given her a consenquence when she acts like that whether it is a time out, no dessert, no movie or fun project. Obviously she perfers her mothers to our home which kills us because we love her and we have done so much to protect her and try to help her. Knowing that she was diagnosed with RAD destroys my husband because he feels he should have done better to protect her.
Is her mother, who I find to be repugnant, grossly irresponsible and manipulative (she has paid child support to my husband 3 months out of the last 18), handling our daughters condition better than we are? (Her mother told me recently that our daughter gets to do more with her, but that is because she makes her "earn more". I don't see a screaming fit in public as "earning" anything.) Should we give in more often or will that simply reinforce our extremely inteligent daughters manipulative behavior, as I think it would?
What would you have done? Please, any one, I need help. I am tired, frustrated and am sure, appear as Cinderella's evil step mother with my "harsh rules". My husband has lost hope for her to ever be better and of him ever having the bond he thought they had. Thank you.

The evil step mother

Its awful being the evil stepmother.My Stepson is 15 and manipulated everyone. We had him 3 years ,and our life is miserable. I love him ,but know he loves no one. I get punished by organisations ,blamed when I,m truly trying to get him help. I very worried he will go on to seriously hurt some one.


hi my name is cheryldee. I am a 42 year old rad. I was adopted 40 years ago. I am doing something most rad kids wont do but I have gone into the psychology field dealing with rads. I feel that the best advice can only come from someone who has or is experiencing the situation. who better than a rad kid themselves. I have so much to offer to parents and kids dealing with rads. first thing is this is not the kids fault nor is it yours. unfortunately all the sadness and frustration you as a parent are feeling is all a rad kid knows. we were put in a crib without that beautiful voice we heard for nine months. our needs are only met to keep us alive, food and diaper changes. no "oohs and ahhhs" at the beautiful new baby. so every time we cried we got no relief no one came to our rescue yet we heard the voices of people but we were never acknowledged. so we trust only ourselves. we have learnt to comfort and protect ourselves. we don't trust adults to save us. I have to say your daughter is only some what behaving for her mother because she probably feels she is not a steady figure in her life and knows soon enough she will leave again. as for temper tantrums, don't do time out... do time in... keep her by your side you both need that. rad kids prefer to be alone so time out is what we want. don't do it. we do not understand consequences as other children do. there is so much to be said and learnt by the parents and sadly you guys are not ever given enough information or you guys are misinformed. my advice to you is to be her hero. and please do not fall into a rad yourself. be loving and caring and love your husband and children. be open and honest with your husband. if anyone wants to talk or just ask questions please feel free to email me at

Cheyl Dee

I just have to say you rock. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

thank you. I wish I could do

thank you. I wish I could do more. but I am glad to know people are reading and hope it helps.

First off, there can't be any

First off, there can't be any guilt about the situation your kiddo has found herself in. Your husband isn't to blame.

Secondly, you are NOT alone. There are many folks who have and are experiencing the exact same things you are. Parenting kids with RAD takes a great deal of patience and understanding. It can feel impossible and out of control at times. Kindness and compassion paired with consistency helps and will eventually show results. This doesn't mean just giving in and letting her always have her own way.

Does your step daughter have a good psychiastrist and therapist?

how do i deal with her acting out?

what i wanna know is how to react appropriately when the child is acting out. i try to be caring and say i understand they are angry about whats happened and tell her that its ok to be mad but we still need to be nice but that approach just doesnt seem to be working i could really use some ideas on how to go about her acting out when she is angry..... i feel so stuck. :( please if anyone has any information about it email me at thank you

Honestly, the only way to

Honestly, the only way to move along is to be very patient. You might not see immediate results, but little by little it will trickle into the back of your daughter's brain. Does your daughter have a good therapist?

Adoptive parents of two teenage RAD children

Thank you so much for creating this website. I finally feel like my husband and I are not alone. 6 years ago we adopted two siblings who suffer severe RAD. This article of RAD symptoms is exactly who and what they are.They have sucked our family dry and we are so very worn out. Our families don't ever understand and often blame us for poor parenting. We constantly live in fear for our biological daughter's future as both children make false allegations against us. More than once we have been at risk of losing our family, careers and home. At this time the oldest adopted child (18 years) has run away and goes back and forth living with families of friends. The youngest at 14 years has run away for his 5th time and has been gone for 3 days. We have no clue where he is but live in constant worry for his welfare and what is to come of our family when and if he is found.


Understand ,my stepson runaway 20 plus times in last 3 years ,missing at present time. He,s got us stressed to hills ,life seems very bleak


Understand ,my stepson runaway 20 plus times in last 3 years ,missing at present time. He,s got us stressed to hills ,life seems very bleak


Have your kids had therapists and, if so, have you been documenting these issues and problems with him/her? That should provide you with some level of protection against false allegations.

Adopting an 8 and a 12 year old is an amazing thing to have done. So often kids of that age group simply move from foster family to foster family and finally age out of the system at 18. this leaves them with next to zero support.

Know, especially when you are going through rocky times, that you almost certainly have had a positive impact on these two.

Hang in there.

I adopted an 8 year old with

I adopted an 8 year old with RAD last year and didn't know what I was getting into. Seriously. I have aged a decade in the past two years. CPS has visited my home because my daughter charms people at school and tells lies about me. She has even gone so far as to put bruises and scratches on herself and then tell others I hurt her. We quit psychotherapy because it was just being used as an opportunity to lie and charm for an hour every week. My friends and family have taken two giant steps away from me, because either they think I am a rigid and abusive parent or they are afraid of my daughter. So I live isolated in a home where things are destroyed and a child pees on everything and all I can do is just keep surviving each day and hoping that one day she will learn that I am genuinely loving and gentle and want so desperately for her to learn a better way to live. Also, I have started taking antidepressant medication. In fact, we are both on the same med because we BOTH suffer from her past trauma.

Its depressing

Its very depressing with these children ,no one understands how much effort you put in ,and how your life can be peed and trashed on'

Its depressing

Its very depressing with these children ,no one understands how much effort you put in ,and how your life can be peed and trashed on'

I am the aunt of a 10 year

I am the aunt of a 10 year old who has done a lot of the same stuff. She has gotten a lot better with therapy and medication but I am beyond repair emotionally and physically. My sister did many horrible things while pregnant and she herself has MANY mental health issues and my niece has ended up with a lot of the same problems. I know this is the most difficult thing to deal with, I am 24 and my mother and I have had custody of both my nieces and nephew since I was 12, all of them are ADHD, ODD, one is bipolar and the other is severely depressed...I know none of this is helpful to you, but just know that you are not alone out there. All you can do is know that there is help out there, finding it is just the hard part....

Thanks for your story. I

Thanks for your story. I think it *does* help people a lot to know they aren't the only ones out there.

Surrender her to the Foster System

You can't do this anymore. It will only get worse. It will not get better. You need to surrender her to the foster care system before she completely destroys your life. You cannot fix her, but she can completely ruin you. Put her in foster care. Yes, they will probably charge you with child abandonment. But whatever punishment that entails will be better than the punishment this child will deal you over the next ten years. I am the voice of experience. I adopted a seven-year-old child who is 15 now. I am just living for the day he is 18.

Walk in our shoes first

I have a severe RAD child I adopted when he was 5. Bio Dad walked away and left for Vegas, bio Mom addicted to Meth and a new boyfriend every week. 3 boys she abandened. I adopted two. After 7 years of hell, I can honestly say that it is a lonely place to be. All family and friends have walked away. School expulsions, killing the family cat, finding dead birds slammed in my Webber grill, Children's Pysch Unit refusing to see your son one more time, and currently waiting for a Children Longterm Inpatient Program bed, I understand.
This child has ruined so many lives.

I just found this site after

I just found this site after googling why my RAD kid only gives ME problems.
As much as your comment might sound cruel to others..... Totally true! If I knew then what I know now about this child,,,,,never would have adopted. Ever. To make the situation even marriage of 16 years was ripped apart. This was 3 years ago, I just most recently gave dad the chance to have custody of this perfect charming child, so he thinks....he never saw the issues. She likes men, so she's absolutley perfect for him. Horrible for me, to the point I swear she's possessed by the devil! I totally agree with your post. There is no getting better or fixing....I have spent hundreds of hours trying to get this girl better. She doesn't care. Counseling, psych evals, dr appts, she manipulates.

absolutely not

Are you crazy? So if you have a child that has an issue you are just going to get rid of them like a dog that you don't want anymore? You are one sick person!

absolutely not

You CLEARLY have not spent any significant amount of time parenting a RAD child let alone 2. Top that off with both having prenatal poly drug exposure. YOUR comments are cruel and, I might add, ignorant.

Absolutely Not

i'm sorry to be rude to you as you are entitled to your own opinion but it is clear to me, by your reply "Absolutely not", that you have no idea what it is like to live with someone with RAD. We are desperate people trying our hardest to look after children with severe issues day in and day out. Do you live in a house with a child where there is absolutely NO JOY at all? My RAD foster daughter gjves me nothing but heartbreak every waking moment. She was 13 last week and now smokes both cigarettes and pot, is having sex and wants to be out walking the streets all day and all night. She won't go do school, basically, she will not let up unless she gets her own way. I wake her in the morning with Good morning darling, its time to get up - and her reply to me is F*** Off you F***ing Fat C**t. Day in and day out that is all i cop except if she is asking for something then she will say - "Mum i will love you forever if you let me ". Its exhausting, overwhelming and depressing to be treated with such contempt when all you do is try your hardest. We cop this every waking moment of our lives. Imagine how hard it would be to live like that day in and day out.

People who don't have RAD

People who don't have RAD children should NEVER criticize people who do. We are going through this ourselves. We have had counseling every week for the past 5 1/2 years. We have gone through intensive therapeutic wrap around programs with RAD specialists. Yes, our son hurts animals. Yes, he tries to tell everyone that we abuse him (luckily he says we punch him in the face... doesn't hold water with professionals who see him weekly-no marks!). We are careful to never mention around him that punches to the face would cause bruising. We are afraid he would think up something more clever to charge us with. He comes home from school and taunts us with what he told the teachers and DHS caseworkers that we've done... and in the same breath asks us to sign permission slips for school outings. We live in a small town and he has done quite some damage to our reputations with neighbors, strangers, etc. with these allegations. We can't take him to a pool, a store, a family reunion, a park. The minute he's not next to us, he says the same allegations to whoever's next to him. If it were just that, we could handle it. There's too many problems to list. I just want ignorant people who talk down to us RAD parents to get a taste of how isolating it is. You feel like you are going insane. Our biggest problem, however, is that our son has ALWAYS been attracted to small children and babies. Counselors in the beginning had told us he just wanted to play with them because he was developmentally behind his own peer group. He is 14 now and is very sneaky about trying to be alone with little kids. Every outing is an opportunity for him to try to seek out a toddler or baby and separate it from the parents and other people. Why? Who knows. He won't give us a good answer, but even yesterday he told us he would always keep trying because it's "who he is". We have basically had to keep watch over him 24/7 for the last 5 1/2 years after we adopted him. Even our RAD expert counselors and specialists are concerned for us and what he might do if we ever relax our guard. What is DHS' response? You knew what you were getting into when you adopted him ( huh? Because we are experts in RAD? We had never even heard of it), you can either "deal with it" with no help, pay for a behavioral group home for him (which the experts are recommending and which we cannot afford), or give up custody-be dragged into court and charged with neglect and other fun things-and never see him again. This is our decision.

Dumping a child is not moral.

Do you have any residential treatment centers close to you? It sounds like your kiddo's underlying issues still need resolution.

A place like Tennyson's residential program might be a good fit.

Another option might include The Post Institute: - I believe they have a residential program too that is focused on kids with RAD.

I *do* understand the abuse you are describing as I've lived with a child who has RAD for the last 8 years. It is exhausting. You are experiencing secondary trauma and it really sucks. The point here is, you don't just abandon the child once you've committed to him or her. You seek out the resources that can best help them heal not dump them back into Foster Care where things will just get worse for this young person.