P.A.T.C.H.E.S aims to raise awareness, help and offer practical support to families in USA, UK, & Canada caring for children suffering from developmental trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Attachment Difficulties and associated childhood mental health problems. As our members grow, we hope to establish offices in others countries.
We offer support to help families sustain the placement and offer hope that their children can heal with the right support.
Knowledge about this condition remains limited even within the professional communities, and getting help and support can be even more difficult.
Attachment and bonding in the first few years is critical to support normal and healthy child development. Sadly only a minority of professionals and families are aware of the devastating long lasting negative mental health consequences for a child when they have suffered neglect, abuse and unattachment with primary caregivers in the first few years of life.
Many families are desperate for help but are often met with disbelief from family, friends and professionals. Most people can not comprehend that children can be capable of the problems and behaviours reported by parents. All to often blame is turned on the parents and it becomes a scary, isolating and bleak experience for the family.
The sad reality is that when children do not experience strong, nurturing and positive attachments both in utero and during their foundational years in life (birth - around 4 years) then they are high risk of becoming very damaged and hurting children, suffering from developmental trauma
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Adopting Faith: A Father's unconditional Love
COMING SOON from Donald Craig Peterson. Adopting Faith: A Father's Unconditional Love is the story of a single man's 16-year spiritual journey in offering hope to six adopted children with special needs when they joined his "forever" family.
Love was not enough to overcome the trauma experienced early in the lives of Ashley, Alex, Travis, Andrew, Michael and Brandon. A successful professional career was put on indefinite hold, and in attempting to give the six children a second chance in life, they became his personal mission. No opportunity would be missed on his watch.
FILM: My Name is Faith
In this film we meet Faith, a 13-year-old girl who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and what's called Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).
This powerful and at times very distressing film follows Faith as she attempts to heal from the trauma inflicted by her birth-mother's lifestyle and begins to develop trust for her new adoptive parents. But with one as emotionally bruised as Faith, it can be a seemingly impossible task for new parents to gain her love and trust, and their struggle as a new family begins to take its' toll on all.
The P.A.T.C.H.E.S team have compiled a database of therapists that hold certification to hep families.
P.A.T.C.H.E.S gives no guarantees, recommendations or warranties as to the effectiveness of each therapist.