Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

How Can I Prepare to Parent a Child With A Trauma History?


In this video Trey Rabun of Amara discusses how foster parents can prepare to parent a child with a trauma history.

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Every child who enters the foster care system has some degree of trauma due to the fact they are entering because of confirmed abuse or neglect. But the level of trauma, the presenting behaviors or effects of the trauma are all on a spectrum. 

The best way to prepare yourself to parent a child with a trauma history is to educate yourself about the effects of childhood trauma. Going into fostering with a strong understanding of how trauma affects different people and how you can support those individuals can be extremely helpful. Don't be afraid to reach out for professional help from therapists or trained individuals who have experience working with patients who have been through trauma. Being open, honest, and willing to accept help where necessary are all great starts when beginning to parent a child with a trauma history.

Posted by Trey Rabun

Trey graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara's efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for about 1 ½ years and currently have a two-year-old foster child. In his free time, Trey enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with his Pug.

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