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Meredith with her children

When Meredith and her husband became foster parents to a 5-year-old boy who had been profoundly neglected, they believed that if they loved him enough, things would “just get better.” She didn’t know what she was getting into. With a grown daughter out on her own and doing well, she wanted to be helpful to a child in transition for what she expected to be a couple of months.

Almost 2 years later, they adopted their healing child. But they found that he didn’t “just get better.” Theirs is the the story of how 2 foster parents learned to become therapeutic parents, and how their traumatized son learned to respond. Today, he is 21 years old.

Meredith’s experiences working with children with autism, facilitating art groups with homeless children, and fostering and adopting her son spurred her on to learn about healing from childhood trauma. She has participated in many intensive courses and researched relationship-building parenting models. Experiencing success in her own family motivated her to become a parenting coach. For over ten years, she has supported and encouraged struggling parents, sharing her experience, insights, and skills in seminars, classes, and individual coaching sessions.