Helping Children Heal From Trauma
Most children entering foster care or kinship care have experienced some degree of trauma from abuse and neglect. These experiences of trauma leave scars. One of the most important (and hardest) tasks for foster parents and kinship caregivers is to help these kids find healing from abuse and neglect.
It may be impossible to erase the impacts of this trauma completely. However, when foster parents and kinship caregivers provide a safe, predictable “soft landing” for these children, they are able to begin to heal from abuse and neglect.
Creating a Family has resources, supported by research and experienced therapists, for parenting foster kids and children in kinship care toward Healing from Abuse & Neglect. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Lying & Stealing: How to Parent Challenging Behaviors (article)
- How to Cultivate Resilience in Your Kids (article)
- When is it Time to Find a Therapist? (article)
- A Conversation with Dr. Bruce Perry About Trauma (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Helping Adopted Children Heal from Past Trauma and Loss (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Trauma-Informed Parenting: Practical Applications of TBRI® (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Books For Kids Who Have Suffered From Abuse/Trauma
Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the many other resources we have on Healing From Abuse & Neglect in the form of articles, podcasts, and fact sheets.