When I look at the following checklist I see many severe issues with our child. Ahhh, quite a few in fact.
Neglect is a terrible thing. It actually causes brain damage. Yet many people don't think that neglect is too bad, that at least they aren't being beat. Maybe the child isn't being beat, but the brain isn't growing either. This causes lifelong problems for the child.
The following is a little information about therapy for a child with RAD from RadKid.Org:
We haven't adopted Dimples yet. We could say that we are not willing to deal with the long term therapy that she will need. Our therapist has told us that she will need years of therapy. We could tell them that we aren't prepared to deal with severe attachment issues.
The other day I was almost at that point. I had to talk myself down. Dimples has learned to tantrum while I am away. Even a short trip to the grocery store can lead to a tantrum. The other day I ran to the store for a few groceries and received a call that she was tantrumming. I cut my trip short and raced home. I could hear her screaming from outside.
Dimples was doing her top of the lungs screaming. Her sister Michelle told her to stop ruining her life. She knows what the impact of these tantrums have been before. She tells me that she has to move all the time because of her sister. That fear is always there for her.
Foster business....these girls are basic rate kids. What does that mean? They are basic care kids with basic problems, in SC that equals about $332/month. While I agree with that for Michelle I do not believe that for Dimples. We are still foster parents so we still have a lot of ability to receive services. After adoption finding extra services becomes more difficult. If you adopt a child at the basic care rate then the assumption is that you don't need a lot of extra services. I called the girls social worker and told her that they need to increase Dimples level of care. It isn't about the money but about the ability to receive care in the future. It was her emails that were copied to me that mentioned the RAD diagnosis.
What accommodations have we had to make for her? I now own a monitoring camera and door alarms (we never lock the doors). We do not allow the girls to play upstairs. After realizing that Dimples was encouraging the puppy to scratch at her we limit her contact with the puppy. After so many unexplained bruises we limit her time outside (She is a wreck....bad haircut with scratches and bruises.) Whenever possible, John and I try to limit our time out of the home together to after bedtime. John is off the rest of this week and has taken off the week that I am going on my mission trip because she is a challenge for the teens. I have lost a friend. Our social circle has shrunk.
Why make those sacrifices? Our lives would be so much simpler if we didn't. I guess I don't go for simple, I go for fulfilling. How can you measure the life of a child against your own comforts?
I surely can't.