About Us: Alaska Attachment &
Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA) is a non-profit organization that:
§ Provides training, support and advocacy for adoptive parents and foster families who care for children with emotional disorders, such as reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and professionals who work with this population of children.
§ Raises awareness of RAD in Alaska and,
§ Educates the community how RAD can be prevented.
WHAT drives AABA?
§ AABA is passionate about wounded children,
§ AABA has first hand experience with RAD children and knows the Special care and treatment needed to help these children learn love and trust,
§ Left untreated, children with RAD and other emotional disorders Are often times shipped to out-of-State Residential Treatment Centers (RTC’s),
§ Left untreated, these children are likely to become emotionally disturbed adults, who are unemployable, likely to be involved in drugs, alcohol or other illegal activities,
§ RAD children place a huge impact in dollars, stress, crime and livability in the Mat-Su Borough and throughout Alaska.
WHY should you care?
§ Because our community has been labeled the “meth capital of Alaska”
§ Because a growing number of children with emotional disorders are from “meth lab” homes
§ Because this is a preventable disorder!
§ Because preventing mental health disorders in “wounded’
§ Children will take the community working together!
§ Because it is your Home!
Here are some shocking facts regarding the mental health of our Nation’s children:
§ The Sub-Committee on Children and Family, February 5, 2003, says, “the problem of emotional disorders in children is 20% and seems to be growing” Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development estimates, 12% of children under 18 have mental disorders
§ National Center for Children in Poverty research suggests, 10% of young children show problematic behavior and 16 to 30% pose ongoing problems in the classroom.