By Ann Lokey, Vice Pres., Alliance For Child Mental Health
What a lot of work and false starts! Three of my four children were special needs, all different. Trying to find a specialist was extremely difficult and time consuming. One child needed help with social skills, two needed help with adoption issues. Word of mouth was the only way available. To find the right therapist for our adopted children took many exhausting tries. DHS suggested agencies, but they provided interns who were in place for only 3-6 months. It is systemic abuse of children who had already lost so many adults on whom they counted to lose the therapist after a few months! And it was exhausting for me to have a to start all over and explain the story. I am fortunate to have eventually found the right therapist, one who had personally experienced a difficult adoption. Many parents are not so lucky. It was evident that a better system was needed. That is the story of the origin of the Alliance for Child Mental Health. You can now go to the website and find a therapist with the specialty you need for the age group of your child in the location best suited.