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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
It is a compelling story, but poorly written and completely unedited
Nancy Thomas tells more about herself than she knows. She comes off as a very insecure, neurotic woman who tries to fill her emotional void by taking in too many kids.
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on May 14, 2015
An honest yet hopeful look at raising traumatized children. I respect the author quite a bit and am sure she has had a major impact on the lives of many children.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2007
In fact I had a VERY difficult time putting it down so that I could get some sleep!!! Although I could easily relate to many of the experiences discussed by Nancy Thomas, it was so neat to get a confirmation of my experiences with RAD kids and the system!!! Great going, Nancy!!!
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2003
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children convened a task force on Attachment Therapy/Parenting because of the numerous high profile criminal child abuse and death cases associated with these practices. The task force found (in the journal *Child Maltreatment* Feb 2006) that the parenting method that Nancy Thomas promotes is "inappropriate for all children" and recommended child welfare workers investigate where it is used as "suspect abuse." (Thomas is mentioned by name in this report.) The American Psychological Association adopted the APSAC task force's recommendations and findings.

This is clearly a professional condemnation of Attachment Therapy/Parenting, for which Thomas as been a "leading blight."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
I can't say enough positive about this book. I tend to be able to remember ideas/concepts better if they are put into a story. This is Nancy Thomas' "story" of how to work with children that have Reactive Attachment Disorder. I believe it is a must have for every parent and therapist of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
I found this book so interesting that I wasn't able to put it down. Finished reading it in 2 days. It's heartbreaking to see what these children and loved ones go through, but hearing some of the success stories made it all worthwhile.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
I had to read this book for foster parent training. It was well written with lots of information that I had no clue about. If you have kids in your home (yours or others) I encourage you to read this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
Interesting book with lots of important information. Couldn't put the book down, very interesting and I felt like I connected with all the children mentioned in the book. Nancy Thomas is truly inspirational.
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on February 5, 2015
truely awe inspiring
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2010
This is a book that tells it how it is! You can feel the happiness,and sadness. The small victories become big victories. I would reccomend this book to all those who plan on adoption or Foster care.
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