There is a disproportionate lack of support available for adoptive and foster parents. Finding information about how your child’s trauma has fundamentally impacted their brain should not have to be so difficult. Organizations, too, are often under equipped to serve children who have experienced trauma-- they simply have not been given the tools. We want to change this.
The Vine’s facilitator is Tammy Johnson, a mom of 6, 3 biological and 3 adopted. She raised her children in China for 13 years, volunteered in numerous orphanages, and was a licensed teacher in many elementary grades, both home and abroad. Tammy is a Personal Coach, TBRI Educator, and Making Sense of my Worth Facilitator.
“Early on in my own adoptive parent journey, many of my own insecurities increased my difficulty in attaching to my children. I had few resources and often felt lost and alone. My research into trauma and adoption led me to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), which turned out to be a lifesaver for our family. TBRI over the years has given me the tools for connection, not only with my adopted children, but my biological children as well. As a teacher the tools I learned helped me equip the students who seemed to struggle due to trauma that they had faced. I have watched the children in my care be empowered towards emotional health and self-regulation further than I ever thought possible. As I continue to grow and learn how my own healing remains a part of my children’s growth, I hope to provide a safe place where other parents and caregivers can be encouraged and equipped as well. “