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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Helping our children through trauma triggers

Dear C.A.S.E. families and colleagues,

Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the entire community of Newtown as they face the loss of innocent children and their educational leaders. This weekend we have all asked ourselves how and why this could happen and what can we do to ensure the safety of our children? As parents, we are grappling with how we can help them understand and most importantly feel safe, secure and protected in the midst of such unimaginable violence. 

The staff at C.A.S.E. is acutely aware that many of your children have been impacted by childhood trauma. The effects of the tragedy in Newtown can trigger early memories of their experiences. We must listen to our children during this unsettling time and affirm their feelings. We must keep their lives as predictable as possible. We must hug them, love them and assure our children that we will take care of them and keep them safe.

Our clinical staff is here to help your family during this difficult time. We are available by phone for guidance and affirmation and will provide a responsive availability for appointments in all of our offices.  Click here for a list of resources to read that can help you and your family.

Talking about this event will be difficult and painful. No matter how hard we try, we cannot make sense of something profoundly senseless. As parents we must create a guiding light to lead our children out of the scary darkness. We must initiate the conversation as caregivers and parents and address conflicting thoughts and questions circling their minds. We must also be aware that their ability to comprehend the complexities of this tragedy will need to be tailored to their developmental level.

On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors at C.A.S.E., our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families in Newtown, Connecticut.

Debbie Riley, LCMFT
CEO, The Center for Adoption Support and Education
The Center for Adoption Support & Education
4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260
Burtonsville, Maryland 20866
The Center for Adoption Support & Education

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