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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- On Aug. 9 Guardians For New Futures and the Indian River Sheriff's Office will host an informative seminar on reactive attachment disorder, a rare but serious psychological condition affecting abused and neglected children.
Reactive attachment disorder occurs when a child does not develop a healthy bond with parents or caregivers. Typically, children with this disorder are neglected or abused - the child's need for comfort and nurturing is not met, and loving, caring attachments with others are never established. This may hinder the child from establishing future relationships unless the parent or caregiver is properly educated on the disorder, and the child receives appropriate psychological counseling.
From 2:30- 4:30 p.m., speaker Ginny Jones, Clinical Director at Children's Community Mental Health, Helping People Succeed, will provide educational training on reactive attachment disorder for those who wish to learn more about this devastating, yet treatable affliction, at the Indian River Sheriff's Office, 4055 41st Avenue in Vero Beach.
Guardians For New Futures, founded in 1991, is a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of abused and neglected children, and Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocating on their behalf.
The organization works to increase awareness throughout the Treasure Coast on issues concerning children by providing programs and services to the community, including free workshops and training regarding child maltreatment, drugs, domestic violence, gangs, social networking, eating disorders, teen suicide prevention, sexually abused children, ADHD/PTSD, teen dating violence, drug endangered children, and cyber bullying; sponsoring conferences such as the "Save Our Children" conference in 2012; funding media and training to enhance and facilitate Guardian ad Litem volunteering; and creating and implementing the Kits 4 Kids Back to School Drive and GFNF Holiday Gift Drive. This year, Guardians For New Futures will lead the 2nd Annual Treasure Coast Guardians For New Futures Child Summit on Sept. 26- 27 to further enlighten the community regarding issues concerning children, and provide an educational experience for professionals who work closely with them.
For more information regarding the reactive attachment disorder educational training, the upcoming summit, additional programs, volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation, visit www.gfnf4kids.org or call (772) 807-3868.