A family of four, the Perrys* were ecstatic at the prospect of adoption. After researching extensively, the Perrys adopted internationally, welcoming two little girls, aged two and three, into their family.
“Everything started off well, but we soon learned that one of our adopted daughters, Hanna, suffered from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder,” shares John Perry.
As Hanna grew older, she developed severe behavioral issues that threatened herself and others. In addition to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the Perrys discovered that Hanna also suffered from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). They learned that RAD, which arises from a child’s failure to form bonds with primary caregivers in early childhood, is primarily due to neglect.
“We didn’t feel we could protect her, and we didn’t know where to turn. That’s what led us to the Ranch for Kids,” John states. “The Ranch for Kids was a ray of hope.”
Previously, the Perrys had tried to find a program for Hanna closer to their Midwest home, but found nothing suitable. And though it is further away, the Perrys felt that The Ranch for Kids offered Hanna the best chance to succeed.
“The structure and physical activity of a ranch lifestyle have helped Hanna to stabilize, “ remarks John. “The loving care that the ranch staff provides has really helped her to thrive. Hanna feels so loved and included at the Ranch. That gives us great comfort. And no one understands RAD better than the folks there.”
“They have been lifesavers for us,” he concludes emphatically.
*All names have been changed in order to protect the privacy of this family.