The PicMe Project: Krishana

My good friend and fellow photographer continues to do amazing work to help kids in foster care. Check this out!

The PicMe Project

In many ways, Krishana is the typical image that one has of a teenage girl. She floats between childhood and young adulthood and yet she doesn’t quite dwell in either world. On the one hand, she will try to convince you that she is very sophisticated as she talks about taking selfies and boys. On the other hand, she still prefers to sleep with a night light or sleep on the floor of her foster sister’s room. Those who know her best feel that she would really thrive and blossom in a family that is able to provide her with unwavering commitment, loving guidance, a nurturing environment, and most importantly, their time and attention.

To learn more about adoption, or to join the PicMe Network, please email

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I just read this quote and it brought me to tears.

“FASD is devastating. What disability results in sufferers being good at small talk but without substance? Then add a kind heart but a violent temper, complex needs but no insight, a small frame with big expectations and perhaps worst of all, a damaged mind but a beautiful face.”- Elizabeth Russell

New! Online Summit – Educating Traumatized Children

Online Summit
Sept 30 – Oct 10, 2014

Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is hosting a FREE summit that brings together the latest on creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools. 

As a parent, teacher, school administrator or child welfare professional, you know that a child’s early trauma can have significant impact on his/her ability to learn in a typical classroom.  And the behaviors and struggles of traumatized children are often overwhelming.  What can we do?

ATN is presenting 22 audio interviews during our 10-day summit that will explore these topics and give examples of some very exciting programs and strategies being implemented across the United States.  Listen in for FREE or buy the entire summit as audio recordings (mp3) and/or as transcripts.

Topics include:

  • Trauma Sensitive Schools
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Brain’s Ability to Learn
  • How to Recognize Children with Attachment Disorders in Your Classroom
  • Teaching Self-Regulation
  • The School Counselor’s Role
  • Trauma Smart Preschools
  • Using Engineering Education to Teach Empathy
  • Is it ADHD or Trauma?
  • Virtual Schooling as an Attachment-Focused Option
  • Alternative Approaches to Teaching Those with Attachment Trauma
  • Reducing Restraints & Seclusion by Using Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Special Education Basics

Register Here:

Adoptions Together – Upcoming Webinars

On-line training is convenient, affordable and informative! 
Trauma, Attachment and the Developing Brain for Parents
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst
Children who have experienced disrupted attachment and trauma can sometimes behave in ways that are troubling, confusing, and even frightening.  We now know that trauma can significantly impact the way that the brain develops and functions, and that these changes in the brain can contribute to problematic and puzzling behaviors in children.  This webinar examines “typical” childhood development versus development clouded by abuse, neglect and trauma.  Participants will learn interventions and strategies to help their children manage the impact of a traumatic past.
Navigating the Birth Parent Relationship
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 pm
The relationship between adoptive and birth parents is at once complicated, challenging, and highly gratifying.  It is only natural for adoptive parents to worry about how to build and sustain a connection that keeps the best interests of their child as the priority.  This seminar explores several critical issues related to birth parent relatioships such as establishing clear agreements, what to say (and not say), mutual understanding and respect, ongoing communication through pictures and letters, steps to take if problems arise, and keeping the lines of communication open.  Search and reunion and the growing impact of social media are also addressed.  Being informed and prepared is the first step toward reducing anxiety and establishing a healthy foundtion for you and your child.
Living With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisorderThursday, December 6, 2012 7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the leading causes of mental retardation in this country.  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an irreversable lifelong condition that can impact every aspect of a child’s life and the life his/her family.  Children wtih Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder typically experience educational, social, and behavioral challenges.  Early identification, diagnosis, and appropriate inteventions can increase the potential for children with FASD to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.  This seminar helps parents to better understand the impact of FASD on the child and family system so that they can intervene effectively and put appropriate services and supports in place.

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety and Stress
Thursday, January 10, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 pm
* sponsored by CareFirst
It is normal and common for children to feel anxious in response to life stressors.  For some children, anxiety can be so pervasive and intense that it interferes with healthy functioning.  Because children may not always recognize or clearly communicate that something is bothering them, it is important for parents to recognize the warning signs of stress and anxiety.  This will allow them to intervene early and offer support.  This seminar explores signs and symptoms of anxiety in children, effective parenting approaches for supporting the anxious child, and when and how to seek professional assistance.
SAVE the DATE for Adoptions Together’s Annual Parent Education Conference
Understanding Trauma and Sexualized Behavior in Children and Teens
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Foster Care and Adoption Symposium – May 4, 2012

Hope Village Invites You to Attend the 6th Annual Foster Care and Adoption Symposium

Learn about Trauma, Attachment, Sensory

Integration & Related Services.

Relevant training for parents and professionals!

May 4, 2012

Re/Max Premier Conference Center 44675 Cape Court #110 Ashburn, VA 20147

Registration $20

Fee includes breakfast, lunch, and workshops!

 Exhibit Tables Available
CEUS & Certificates of Participation Available

Key Note:

“Sensory Processing and Recovery from Trauma & Attachment Disorders”

JoAnn Kennedy, OTR/L

Professional Workshop:

“Attachment, Trauma, & the Developing Brain” Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C

Parent Workshop:

“When Love is Not Enough; Services for Success” Lori Thomas


For more information: Or call Lori Thomas at 571-243-5364 Register: Hope Village Symposium


FASD Lecture – April 19, 2012

Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture Series

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institues of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

cordially invites you to attend the 

Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture


FASD: It’s What’s Behind the Face that Matters –

Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Brain and Behavior

Presentation delivered by Edward P. Riley, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor in Psychology

Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology

San Diego State University

Thursday, April 19, 2012

1:30 to 3:30 pm


Lipsett Amphitheater

National Institute of Health

Bethesda, Maryland