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I was disappointed to read a letter to the editor written by a TCU parent, Jeff Isler, in the Spring 2006 TCU Magazine. Mr. Isler has the opinion that the magazine has a very liberal bias and he is considering withdrawing overall support from the University.

As a 1976 graduate, I, on the other hand, have found the articles to be fresh, up to date and well balanced. I did not consider the articles in the past issues to have an “obvious liberal bias,” as Mr. Isler states, in any respect. I have been very pleased with the magazine’s coverage of both political and collegiate issues and feel that the University is growing with the times.

I sincerely respect Mr. Isler’s opinion but would caution him that “liberal” and “conservative” are words that invoke strong and very differing meanings to different people. I hope that Mr. Isler will look more toward his child’s experience on campus and in the classroom rather than to a few articles in a magazine before forming such a strong opinion of TCU.

Please keep up the good work, TCU, both in the magazine and on campus in the classrooms!
-- Carol Kroesche ’76

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Biased? In the Spring 2006 issue, Mr. Isler complains about the obvious “liberal” bias of The TCU Magazine and expresses a desire that it does not extend to the faculty. As a nominally Christian institution, I would hope that TCU does have an obvious liberal bias and forcefully teaches its students to look at the many crimes that the U.S. committed abroad in a so-called fight for freedom.
-- David C. Johnson, ’05 PhD


Editor’s note:  Correspondence regarding last issue’s cover story has poured in to our office and ICD, many wanting help. Here is a sample. Go to to read them in entirety.

I applaud Karyn Purvis, director of TCU's Institute of Child Development for her pioneer work helping broken children from foreign orphanages find healing. Her approach of building a relationship of trust and acceptance with the child, and teaching the parents how to do the same, is a golden miracle that seems to be the beginning of all growth and change. 

As a graduate in Child Development from TCU, I feel a sense of pride in the fine work Ms.Purvis is doing. I am currently mentoring a 14-year-old boy who was adopted from Russia several years ago.  My young student and I have a wonderful relationship based on trust and acceptance.  Academic and emotional improvements are being made and his parents are so grateful.

Thank you for the inspiring article.  I am sure many others found it as encouraging as I.
-- Paulette Grant Jackson '73

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Thank you so very much for the article about RAD children/adopted children with behavioral problems.  Please continue to publish ICD's work.

We are a family with a RAD child and wish we could be in your local area to avail ourselves of some of the work going on there.  (We live in Evergreen, Colorado.)  After reading your first article on the subject in 1999, we even used some of the ideas we read about.  Unless you have lived with such a child, it is very difficult to understand the extreme exhaustion/turmoil/difficulty/intensity of such a life.  Fortunately, our young one has been healed of much of her problems.  She also smiles and giggles now. Thank you very much.
-- Janet Schroeder  ’80 (BSN)

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I just read the cover story about Kristen. What a miracle the TCU Institute for Child Development performed for this family. Thanks for bringing this to your readers!
-- Beth Eley Zimmerman ‘89

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My daughter, adopted from China three years ago, has been diagnosed with RAD and PTSD. We have a parent support group in Boise, which began as an adoption ministry but turned into a RAD support group. I learned about your research from another site, and we need your help! Some of the children represented are pretty extreme, and may not stay in their homes.

We were never prepared for parenting a child with attachment disorder or Post Traumatic Stress disorder. In fact, we were told that there is no Reactive Attachment Disorder coming out of China.

We were also told by our agency and other social workers that if you got a child under 2 years old RAD was very rare. Since we did not know about her troubles, we unknowingly put her into situations that triggered her fear-based reactions. Then we disciplined her for the defiant behaviors she was using to make herself feel safe.

How do parents find the truth of what is going on with their child if agencies and other parents don’t educate them? I still hear within the Chinese adoption community that RAD is prevalent in Eastern Europe, but not in China.  I am telling you that it is in China, and as these kids age there will be more families dealing with the repercussions of the neglect, overcrowding, and warehousing of babies. Our precious daughter was horribly wounded in China, and we are being called to work with the Lord to help her heal.  Parenting an adopted child is not the same as parenting a child who came by birth. 
-- MeDenne Jones

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I have just finished reading the article in your magazine entitled “Finding the Real Child.” Although sensory integration is not my area of expertise, adoption and adopted children ARE.  I was, frankly, appalled by some of the erroneous and misleading information contained in the article, and the stigmatizing descriptions and language used to refer to adopted youngsters, their parents, and the way that families are built or expanded through adoption.

I have been working in the international adoption arena for almost three decades. My name is one that is well known throughout the broader adoption community because of the type of work that I do. There are few adoption professionals who could claim to see as many adopted youngsters and follow their psychological development over time that I do. I travel twice a month and often see as many as 80 to 100 youngsters over a long weekend (in age appropriate groups), and I have regular and consistent contact with both adoptive family support groups and adoption agencies all across North America.  If anyone could challenge this author's claims, I certainly could.

It is highly disturbing to see adoption characterized so falsely and adopted youngsters pathologized to this extent.  I find it appalling that your magazine would not fact-check its articles. Please use credible authors.  Please check statistical claims made about adopted youngsters with authentic adoption professionals.  Dana Johnson, named in the article, for example, would be highly qualified to read such a article for content and tell you whether or not the information is accurate. I know, without even asking him, that he would be horrified by the way that adopted youngsters are blatantly pathologized by this article and that he would not validate the many false claims this particular author has made.
-- Jane A. Brown, MSW, MFT

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My husband and I have two adopted children from our state. We were lied to about their lives pre- adoption and just didn't know how awful it was. But I guess we “saved” them from more abuse? We adopted them in '94 and have lived a Hell on Earth ever since.

The eldest is out of the home (his choice) and the youngest (15-years-old) is now thriving in a treatment center. He will go to a Therapeutic Foster Family when he graduates from his treatment plan.

Trust me, we tried everything — even an Intensive attachment center. All adopted kids cannot be saved — especially when pre-adoptive parents are lied to. We do know that our eldest has been re-adopted but no one called for any background information.
-- Rory and Theresa Thomas

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This issue's cover comprises one of the finest examples of “progressive disclosure” in my experience. Furthermore, you address therein one of the most compelling topics of our time, one that has progressively — but all too gradually — emerged from the tragic depths of neglect that our society displayed far too deeply into the 20th century.

My compliments to the staff on this item, as well as on the evident upward trend of your publication's quality of content.
-- Gordon Dobbins, Jr. ’61 (MA ’63)

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Another adoptive parent passed on the wonderful article, “Finding the Real Child,” published in your magazine. What very encouraging news! Just one teeny-tiny criticism, however. The article stated: “Less than five years earlier, Stacie and husband Carl had adopted two Russian babies, 8-month-old Kristen and 23-month-old Caleb, after giving up on having children of their own.” (Italics added for emphasis.)

Parents who give up the dream of having a biological child do not give up the dream of having a child “of their own” when they turn to adoption. I have a biological child and an adopted one — I consider both equally “my own.” Thanks again for a wonderful article.
-- Patricia Roberts Gilford

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Just wondering about those of us with “old” brains who were neglected in infancy.  I am 57 years old, was given up for adoption at birth, but placed in a foster home (in Arkansas, they were called “state” homes) until 8 months of age, at which time I was adopted.  When my adoptive parents got me, I was unable to sit up by myself.

I’ve been in deep therapy for the past two years trying to work through things, but am beginning to realize I’ll probably always have “stuff.”

God bless your continued work, I’m so excited for the children you’re reaching and hope one day you’ll be able to extend your services to other adopted (and otherwise abandoned) children.  Abandonment is pandemic in America and across this world.  May your pattern become a template to reach many, many people.
-- Carolyn Nuthman

In one of the more recent magazines, there was a pattern for a Horned Frog pillow on the kid’s page. I have misplaced that and was wondering if I could get a copy of that pattern.  I bought the materials to make it, and then lost the pattern.  I would appreciate your help.
-- Ashley Aebersold

Editor’s note: We are working on getting all the craft ideas presented in our Super Frog Fun Page up on the Web. Until then, contact us for any ideas from past issues.

I was casually perusing a copy of my wife's TCU Magazine (Spring 2006, p. 24) when I came upon an article on conversational Spanish that showed some common Spanish expressions with the accompanying phonetic spellings to aid in their proper pronunciation.

I was somewhat aghast that long vowel phonetics were used that really make for truly gringofied pronunciation. Also the “v” sound in “favor” is more correct, and even then it's soft and fleeting.

So herewith I am presenting my slightly tweaked version on how to pronounce your Spanish translations:

* Buenos dias (BWEH-nos DEE-ahs)
* Entre, por favor (EN-treh por fah-VOR)
* Como se llama? (CO-mo seh YAH-mah)
* Feliz cumpleaños (feh-LEES coom-pleh-AHN-yos)
* Que tenga un buen dia. (keh-TEN-gah oon buehn DEE-ah)
* Buena suerte. (BUEH-nah SWEHR-teh)
* El menú, por favor. (el meh-NOO por fah-VOR)
* Me gusta. (meh GOO-stah)
* La cuenta, por favor. (lah KWEHN-tah por fah-VOR)
* Lo siento.  loh see-EN-toh)

-- Henry Taylor

Thank you for the well-written article publicizing the investigative services we at Cat's-Eye provide Child Protective Services. We hope our efforts will continue to permit us to locate an ever increasing number of families in the future, offering children a safer and and more secure environment in which to grow. The stability of our entire society requires it.
-- Geoffrey Tait

As fate would have it, I happened across the TCU site, and on a lark did a search on the old observatory my dad donated back in the 1950's. I was amazed to find the story updating what happened to it.

As TCU class of 1962, I am the son referred to in the article, and I remember the whole event surrounding the donation, but lost track of it over the years.

I have so many great memories of TCU. It may have been ancient times, but we did some pretty crazy things then, and amazed we all lived to go out into the world and make our marks or stumble.
-- Richard Ames ’62

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