Sleep Issues with Foster Children
Sleep is often in short supply with foster children. A good night’s sleep usually depends on feeling secure and foster children often feel anything but secure since they have been removed from everything and everyone they know. What’s a foster parent to do to help their child and themselves get a good night sleep?
For most children to sleep well they need to feel secure. One of the major goals of foster parents is to help their foster child gain this sense of security. Routines and predictability help.
Insecurity in their new setting is not the only cause for disrupted sleep in foster children. The child may bring with him a history of bad experiences that happened at night or that come out at night to disrupt his sleep. Therapy is often crucial in helping foster children deal with these issues and allow them to sleep better.
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