Miley's Chance for Change

$6,763 of $25k goal

Raised by 88 people in 3 months
Kimberly Larson  MOORHEAD, MN
This is Miley. Miley is strong, smart and beautiful. Miley has had trauma and needs our help. This is Miley's story:
Miley is an awesome 7 year old girl. Miley likes to sing and dance. She likes to play legos and loves to swim. Miley can do most things your average 7 year old can do. Except feel love, safety and security. Miley came to me at age 3 as a foster kid. She was placed into care at age 2 and due to her high emotional needs was moved home to home a few times before coming to me, where she was adopted at age four. She suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), which is a rare but serious mental condition that develops in kids who experience significant trauma between the ages of birth and 3 years old. This results in an inability to understand love, safety and security. These children are hypervigilant and incapable of trusting and bonding to a caregiver, which causes them to have very serious emotional regulation conditions. Miley has heard voices telling her to kill me and detailing the steps of how to do it. Miley bangs her head on walls to stop them. She has started to hurt animals in an effort to keep herself from hurting me. Her heart tells her no, but her brain tells her that family=danger. Miley was accepted into the Institute for Attachment and Child Development in Colorado. I am bringing her there on Monday. Because insurance covers a very miniscule amount, the total after insurance and her adoption subsidy leaves me with a $4000/month obligation. I am determined get this care for her to save my family, and if you can help in any way, you will have my eternal gratitude. She needs the institute to help her understand love. Please help me save my child. Below is a link to the institue, where you can learn more about RAD as well as a clip from the Today show, where Miley's story and Miley herself have a little cameo! 



http://instituteforattachment.ong/


http://www.today.com/video/pay-it-forward-natalie-joins-the-fight-for-foster-children-586880067513
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Update 24
Posted by Kimberly Larson
4 days ago
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I am sorry I haven't posted an update in awhile!! After my visit down there for therapy, Miley has not been wetting her pants as much! She quit wearing pull-ups and has only peed herself two times! Before she left it was anywhere from 1-6 times a day. That is huge! She is struggling with other behaviors but is starting to put together why she does them. I cant believe it's been three months!. Thank you all for continuing to check for updates, send messages and help us fundraise for Miley!!
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Update 23
Posted by Kimberly Larson
4 days ago
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I am sorry I haven't posted an update in awhile!! After my visit down there for therapy, Miley has not been wetting her pants as much! She quit wearing pull-ups and has only peed herself two times! Before she left it was anywhere from 1-6 times a day. That is huge! She is struggling with other behaviors but is starting to put together why she does them. I cant believe it's been three minutes baths already. Thank you all for continuing to check for updates, send messages and help us fundraise for Miley!!
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Update 22
Posted by Kimberly Larson
27 days ago
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Just leaving Denver! I got to see my baby for the first time since December!!! I got caught up in the stress of travel, including a 6.5 hour drive to the airport, but when the plane hit the ground Wednesday night, it all just melted away. I got to hug my daughter for the first time in over two months it was great! Therapy was intense, but I was so proud of her! She looks so much more grown up already.
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Update 21
Posted by Kimberly Larson
29 days ago
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Just landed in Denver to see my baby for the first time since December!!! I got caught up in the stress of travel, including a 6.5 hour drive to the airport, but when the plane hit the ground it all just melted away. I get to hug my daughter for the first time in over two months tomorrow and I can't wait. Her benefit went off without a hitch last weekend. $5635 and counting raised. $5,000 in match dollars! A $500 GoFundMe gift from a stranger on Monday. We are doing it!!!
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$6,763 of $25k goal

Raised by 88 people in 3 months
Created December 6, 2016
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Stephen and Brittany Appel
2 days ago

We are leaving a donation in honor of Kristin's birthday! Proud of my sister for her compassion and empathy for others.

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23 days ago(Offline Donation)
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27 days ago
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