Affiliations 2018-04-13T14:51:18+00:00


Advocates for children of trauma

Advocates for Children of Trauma and those with Special Education Needs. Parenting 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.

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The 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.

Association for Experiential Education is a global community of experiential educators and practitioners with the shared goal of enriching lives through Experiential Education.

The Association for Experiential Education brings people together from around the globe to celebrate experiential learning.


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.


The 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.

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families.

VISION: Our vision is a nation of healthy children. We are the voice inspiring, nurturing, and advancing the courageous work of our schools and programs

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council was founded in 1996 when representatives from a handful of wilderness treatment programs joined to collaborate and to share best practices.

D​elivered by trained professionals in the wilderness setting​.​ ​

​OBH practitioners are trained in therapeutic techniques and interventions as well as adventure and wilderness facilitation. OBH refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and is considered an alternate intermediate care program with regards to public health and for obtaining full insurance reimbursement according to state and federal mental health and substance abuse parity regulations.