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Lucia's family is raising money to provide her the opportunity to win her battle with RAD. ~Bringing Awareness to RAD

In 2001, our family adoped, three year old Lucia from the Ukraine. Though Lucia is a vibrant young lady full of life and loves to be active in sports and nature, she is challenged in many areas. Lucia stuggles cognitively due to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder-FASD. She also struggles with close relationships due to ambivalent Reactive Attachment Disorder-RAD, caused by her abandonment at seventeen months of age. Because of early deprivation, Lucia also suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder-SPD. Additionally, she has been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder-ODD, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-OCD, Dysthymic Disorder, ADHD, and she exhibits 85 percent of the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, but is too young to be given that diagnosis.

Over the past ten years we have tirelessly tried every intervention available in our community. Though mostly unsuccessful at home, Lucia has functioned fairly well in the community until December 2010, when her destructive behaviors began leaking out at school. Lucia made little progress in psychotherapy in 2010 and after threatening to take her life, we had to come to the realization that her problems are bigger than us and the interventions we daily implement. It was with heavy hearts that we made the difficult decision to place her in a residential treatment program located in Montana, where she is safe and healing.

She is thriving in her residential environment where she has been since May 2011. She desires to gain the acceptance of the older girls and wants to please the majority of the staff. Sadly, Lucia's clinical team feels that without ongoing intense intervention, she may fall into the category of Eastern Block adopted kids that are unable to function successfully in a family home. We pray God will provide a breakthrough in her distorted thinking. She believes she is unworthy of healthy love, so pushes it away and pursues destructive relationships.

Our money has run out after seven months of treatment. Though we are grateful for what they do pay, medical insurance pays only a percentage of psychotherapy and we have been unsuccessful at locating any other funding to assit with the $5000.00 per month tuition. Though the government allows these severly broken kids into the United States, they do not assist international adoptive families in the costly healing of our children. We have been praying persistently for a funding breakthrough, but one does not seem to be on the near horizon.

Lucia is extremely bright and capable of being a successful, mostly independent adult. Our desire for her has always been to develop her full potential and we, as well as her clinical team believe that bringing her home prematurely would sabotage her progress and potential.

Please join us in offering Lucia the opportunity to win in her battle with RAD. Every donation will make an impact in enabling us to keep her in her current level of treatment.

If you prefer to send checks directly, please make them to, RACHELLE NEAL

Send them to:
Rachelle Neal
4369 Flying C Road
Cameron Park, CA 95682
I will forward them to the facility.

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support,
The Neal Family
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