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.