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Experience NavRAD.

Navigating Reactive Attachment Disorder, or NavRAD, is the biennial plan-building and connection-making guided experience for those raising kids with developmental trauma disorder/reactive attachment disorder held by RAD Advocates.

Plan now to join us in 2026.
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Join us for the next NavRAD in 2026.

There's something for everyone along the journey. Something for you. Find your people. Leave with a roadmap designed just for your family.

We travel to a new state every other year. We've been to Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, and Texas so far. Stay in touch to find out where we'll go next! 
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Presented by Heather and Amy of RAD Advocates, Your NavRAD Guides

The NavRAD Experience was created by parents, for parents. After RAD Advocates Founder Amy VanTine went to conferences about trauma and attachment, she felt more lonely and isolated. No one in those rooms understood the reality of raising kids with reactive attachment disorder. And the inspiration for NavRAD was born. 

At NavRAD, you'll experience:

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I loved being able to meet and talk with other RAD parents, getting support from others the lack of judgment in the room. I felt I could have walked up to anyone in that room and they would not have asked me about my daughter in a way that would have invalidated my experience. It felt safe to talk about our experience for the first time in my life.

It was one of the most validating experiences I've had thus far. Foster and adoptive care is hard enough, but RAD is its own ball game. It was nice just being able to sit in the presence of others, knowing they carry similar burdens and pain that I do. I didn't need to explain myself or feel judged or shamed, I was just understood. It gave me more peace and confidence in which direction to go. Knowing whatever decisions we make, regardless of how it seems to others, our decision will be what is best for our kid and the rest of our family. It validated that I do love this kid, but feeling like a crazy confused psycho is normal because of the constant rejection and feelings of failure. "

Connecting with other families who “get it” was a great feeling. We felt validated and not alone in all we are experiencing and dealing with.
Being given the chance to think about a plan, and gaining different ideas and resources to implement the plan upon our return home was amazing!


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