Mike and Debbie West live in Western North Carolina surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. They have been married 30 plus years and are the parents of ten children, both birth and adopted and the grandparents of one. They have been foster parents and crisis respite care providers for children over the last 20 years. They began working with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder when their own daughter was diagnosed in 1996. Since then they have had over 50 children share their home with diagnoses ranging from ADD, ADHD, ODD, Bi-polar, RAD and autism.
Having a vision to help parents who are raising challenging children, they are currently working to establish a retreat farm in the mountains. Parents and their families will spend two weeks of intensive training, healing, therapy, fun and rest. The farm will be set up to address all aspects of behavior by focusing on the spiritual, physical and emotional person.
“He Will Give You Rest”, is a non-denominational Christian-based retreat farm. Their prayer is to have the farm up and running by summer 2007. Mike and Debbie are Behavioral Parenting Specialists and certified instructors who are available for training, workshops and seminars utilizing the Nancy Thomas material Advanced Parenting for Challenging Children.