Support for adopted kids and families

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Support for adopted kids and families

As an adoptive parent, it is very important to find a good adoption support network. Your adopted child is going to have very different issues than the other children in their classroom. Their teacher, the coach, their pediatrician may not understand the effect that trauma has had on the brain, and may be viewing your child's behavior through a lens of a neurotypical biological child. Other disappointments that a neurotypical biological child can weather easily, can send your child into a tailspin. People around you may not understand this. You need to educate yourself on the effects of trauma on the brain. You'll need to seek out resources. You'll need to have a network of like-minded people who have walked that path, who can give you information, research, options, and most of all, support and hope.

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Kathy Gordon

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (, and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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