International Adoption and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) prevalence needs to be looked at in the context of occurring within the adoption community Vs outside the community Vs within the context of foster care.
Although I am sure there are parents parenting children with RAD and the parents don't know that RAD or Developmental Trauma Disorder is an issue. Often RAD and DTD (Developmental Trauma Disorder) or PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. I remember reading posts on various lists from parents who described in detail the behavior of their child. These descriptions read like a check list for RAD/DTD/PTSD. Then others on the same list would call their child strong willed and/ or head strong and everyone would virtually pat them on the backs and say it was a phase, love is enough, love conquers all yada yada yada. Those of you who have been around and have these kids living with you know the drill. There is way too much "support" to explain away trauma in a child within the adoption community (as just some typical behavioral issues) or a strong willed child or most commonly pathologizing of the adoptive parents. This way of operating is a self-perpetuating problem fueled by "adoption experts" and agencies and supported by many perspective and adoptive parents.
Parents who have decided to build a family due to infertility primary or secondary need to have first resolved their fertility issues and if those issues are not resolved, they should not be allowed to adopt until they are resolved. The child has be been put first. The needs of that child have to be put first. Adoption is a complex issue but I think it is way too easy to adopt. I think anyone could pass a home study and I think adoption is marginalized because of this
The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.
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