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Why is she doing this again?! Is she going to be okay?
Shut up! It's your own fault you're down there! You deserve to be punished!
If I could just be good, he wouldn't hurt me!
There are you new foster parents. You'll be safe here.
I'm so scared. Where are my mom and dad?
Children in/adopted from foster care have oftentimes dealt with multiple forms of trauma, including parental drug use and alcoholism.
I guess that pizza be ok.
I know this is scary. How about we eat some dinner and we'll show you around and get you settled in? Would you like pizza or burgers?
Many times, they have experienced neglect and various forms of abuse. Oftentimes, they blame themselves.
Why did you give me that stupid cup?!
Would you like a re-do? Let's get this cleaned up and try again.
Regardless of their experiences, being removed from everything they know and entering foster care is really scary.
I know, sweetie. Let's talk about how we can help.
Let me see those eyes... You had some big feelings today, huh?
Yeah... I really miss my mom and dad.
It is important that foster and adoptive parents provide "felt safety" and give the child some control through offering choices.
For much of their lives, these children have lived in "fight, flight or freeze" mode and that may be expressed through behavioral outbursts. Provide re-dos and model appropriate behavior.
Children need to understand their feelings and know that their voices matter. Help them to identify their emotions and give them opportunities to use their voice.
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