Klickitat County foster parents and caregivers of children in out-of-home placements have a helpful resource thanks to the support of funds provided by Community Mobilization Against Substance Abuse/CMASA, The Drug Free Communities Mentoring Grant and Skamania Klickitat Community Network/SKCN.
One hundred copies of the book, "The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog" by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz are now in the hands of local foster parents, out of home caregivers and at local public and school libraries.
This book offers the reader insight into the effects of early severe neglect on brain development and child behavior.
Foster parents are able to earn a continuing education certificate for reading the book and completing an evaluation. These parents are grateful to have this information and the support for the work they do.
Children who have been maltreated suffer from high rates of traumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, social problems, aggression, and hopelessness. Those caring adults who are charged with parenting these children are often at a loss of how to address and support the effects of maltreatment.
Perry is a child psychiatrist who runs a child trauma center in Texas and has served as a consultant on many high profile child welfare cases, including the children rescued from the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
He tells about severely neglected children and of their delayed, impaired and bizarre development. Reading this book is an "easy read" and of value for those working in child welfare, foster parents, therapists or anyone with an interest in the welfare of vulnerable children.
The book was chosen and distributed by an ad hoc committee including Marta Daniels, placement coordinator with the Department of Social and Health Services/Children's Administration; Heidi Seymour, coordinated services manager with the Next Door Inc.; and Jane Palmer, nursing and community programs manager with the Klickitat County Health Department.
The group attended the Washington State Children's Administration's Reasonable Efforts Symposium conducted late in 2007 in Goldendale, and chose this project as their "reasonable effort" to address child abuse and neglect.
For more information, contact Klickitat County Health Department at 493-1558.