Reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, affects so many children who have been in foster care and who were adopted as older children. It is a condition found in children who have been severely neglected and haven’t been able to properly form healthy, loving bonds with any caregiver before the age of five. Their emotional needs are not met and therefore the children do not understand how to properly and appropriately react in many different social situations, including when a parent, or other trusted adult, truly does love them. Children with RAD can exhibit many different symptoms including detaching emotionally, angry, sometimes violent, outbursts, and forming inappropriate relationships with others.
Lyn and Rob are parents to 8 year old Jillian. Jillian was placed in their home in August of 2015 when she was 6 years old. Her adoption was finalized in March of 2016. Jillian was diagnosed with RAD, and her parents are strong advocates for their daughter and for educating people about this condition. They graciously allowed me to ask them some questions and share their story about their amazing family.