Advocates for Children of Trauma and those with Special Education Needs

Advocates for children of traumaParenting a child who has been traumatized or has Attachment Disorder can be overwhelming and isolating. Family and friends often don’t understand or know how to support a family in crisis.

It’s hard to find answers, resources, hope. Advocates for Children of Trauma raises public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child trauma on the safety and healthy development of children and families. There are a multitude of sites with valuable information.








The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an International organization devoted to family connections by providing the needed education for all members of the adoption constellation as well as professionals.

The AAC also is an advocate for legislation on State and Federal levels which will grant all individuals the access to information about his or her family or heritage.

National headquarters are located in Washington, DC.


ABA LogoThe American Bar Association
is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. The mission of the ABA is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

Our national headquarters are in Chicago, and we maintain a significant office in Washington D.C.




The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse. 

ATSA is an association of individuals from around the world committed to achieving a high level of professional excellence.

ATSA promotes the philosophy that empirically based assessment, practice, management, and policy strategies will: enhance community safety, reduce sexual recidivism, protect victims and vulnerable populations, transform the lives of those caught in the web of sexual violence, and illuminate paths to prevent sexual abuse.







ATTACh is an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment difficulties by sharing our knowledge, talents and resources. Our vision is to be an international leader in creating public awareness and education regarding attachment and the critical role it plays in human development. Many children throughout the world do not benefit from adequate parenting during their early years.

Their foundation for healthy development is damaged so they have difficulty in forming loving, lasting, intimate relationships. This condition, known as attachment disorder, can be triggered by abuse, neglect, abandonment, separation from birth parents, birth trauma, maternal depression, chronic illness, frequent moves and placements, and even divorce.



The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is the nation’s oldest parent-led organization supporting families of traumatized children.

Formed in 1995 by three adoptive moms who were struggling to raise children with attachment disorders, ATN has grown into the VOICE for traumatized children and their families.

With membership that reaches around the world, ATN provides training both on-line and on-location training in therapeutic parenting, operates private on-line support communities with experienced therapeutic parents moderating, maintains a database of worldwide therapists and resources, and is the premier support, education and advocacy system for those raising traumatized and attachment-disordered children. Personalized peer-to-peer support is a hallmark of ATN.


National Alliance for Grieving Children


The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them… Because all grieving children deserve a chance to heal.  The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children’s bereavement support professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens.



CASAThe National CASA Association is a network of 955 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country.



COPAAThe Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and other professionals.

COPAA members work to protect special education rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of the 7.1 million children with disabilities in America.

With over 1200 members nationwide, COPAA is at the forefront of special education advocacy.

Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) over three decades ago “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education . . . designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.”