angry 11 year old, up all night eating and stealing

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Cynthia Allen - posted on 02/10/2014

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I know where you are. We have two children adopted at a later age 6 and 7 from the Ukraine. Both continue to hoard, sneak, lie and steal. This is 6 years later. It won't change. Our dog was poisoned 3 years ago and I still blame myself for that. I owed her more and I watched everything going on. I now have cameras up on the outside and inside. And they are never allowed alone with a pet.
And since they are not domestic adoptions we don't have access to services or supports.we pay for them with tax dollars but cannot use them.
R&D kids cause daily chaos. It's what they thrive on. I wish I could turn back the hands of time

Kathryn - posted on 02/09/2014

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She is a foster child. The plan was to adopt but we have so many fragile children that we can't go ahead with the adoption. All of the children presently in our home are either adopted or foster; all have been traumatized, 3 are adopted. Our other foster child was a planned adoption also but has just been accepted into a residential treatment program, though which one is not determined. This little girl has been abused in every way and has learned to be very untouchable. She has started fires, hurt animals, etc. We have alarms, particularly for her and for our foster son....but they go off every time any of our five go to the bathroom, which is pretty much every 15 minutes or so! Besides, the children who have the most problems have learned to circumnavigate the alarms!

Cynthia Allen - posted on 02/09/2014

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Is she adopted? This is very common behavior for adopted kids. Including getting on the Internet and even starting fires. Have you considered an alarm on the door? Because this can be dangerous for the entire family. Read about Reactive attachment disorder.

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