For those who think "bad" kids just come out of nowhere. Read on.
This week I interviewed the adoptive mom of five Colorado Springs sisters whose biological parents are now serving prison terms for child abuse and neglect. They were feral children, their adoptive mother said, eating off the floor with their hands. Their teenage brother weighed only 37 pounds, starved to the point that he is now permanently confined to a wheelchair. They had slipped through the cracks of Child Protective Services.
These kids will carry the effects of their abuse for a long time, in spite of therapy. The adoptive mother said they have a total of 24 appointments a week, not including dental appointments due to rotted teeth. They had terrible nurtrition, no toothbrushes or toothpaste.
If you think kids just suddenly become "bad" and do harmful things, this documentary video with Dr. Ken Magid will shed some light on the subject. The documentary features Beth Thomas, who as a tiny tot was abused by her birth father. Unable to form attachments, Beth's first adoption failed. A few years ago I volunteered at a camp for families of children with attachment disorder, run by theraputic foster parent Nancy Thomas. Thomas eventually became Beth's adoptive mother. The story was made into a 1992 HBO movie with the same title.