Adoption. It can be a trigger for negative behavior. Here is a hint. – Not everyone who is adopted is like my son David. Not everyone who is adopted has mental health issues. Just because someone is adopted, doesn’t automatically require them to seek psychiatric help. Labeling people for any reason is just not good practice. How would you like it if those who are adopted said that every school administrator was in need of a psychiatric evaluation just because they are a school administrator? You know? if every parent whispers conspiratorially with other parents “they are a school principal and need to be evaluated for mental defect.” I bet school administrators would get defensive quickly. Why should it be any different for parents to get defensive when an administrator uses the fact that a child is adopted as a reason to seek psychiatric evaluations for that child? I
It costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars annually to keep David in facility care… one barrier to bringing David home is a lack of community support. What would happen if we used the fee paid to the facility to cover staff in the home?
Modern communication can be a wonderful thing. Where David is concerned, I make it a point to let staff know that they can reach out to me, any time, day or night. I also encourage communication via email. I encourage email communication more than anything because it allows both sides to keep a record of what happens, what is said, and so forth. Today I received mail from our state Institution Complaint Investigating Department. Turns out an incident occurred five months ago that involved my son. Staff put their hands on my son. In any other setting, it would be considered harmless, but we are talking about a psychiatric care facility here. Turns out there was some nipple twisting going on. Enough to cause redness and light bruising. I was not informed of the incident until today. I was not informed that the incident involved staff. I was not informed