Parenting Foster Kids with Challenging Behaviors
Very often, foster children have come into care specifically because they have experienced abuse or neglect. Those experiences and other kinds of trauma that may have occurred in their home, including being removed from their birth family, can and often do influence how a child behaves.
Foster parents receive specific training during the process to be licensed to foster, to gain a basic understanding of why a foster child behaves the way she does and what they can to help her cope. Once foster parents welcome a foster child into their home, however, they can find that the child’s behaviors are often particularly challenging.
Creating a Family has many resources to help you who are Parenting Foster Kids with Challenging Behaviors. A few that we think you might find particularly helpful are:
- Practical Guide to Parenting a Child Exposed to Trauma (blog post)
- Tips for Keeping Easily Distracted Kids on Task (blog post)
- Parenting Toolkit for Harder to Parent Kids (1 hr. downloadable AdoptEd course)
- Practical Tips for Helping Kids De-Escalate (1 hr. radio show/podcast with experts)
- De-Escalation Techniques For Parents of Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma (1 hr. radio show/podcast with experts)
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more resources that Creating a Family offers in the form of blogs, radio interviews/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets, and Q & A’s with experts for support in Parenting Kids with Challenging Behaviors.