Understanding Loss in Foster Care
For the children, their family, and their foster family, foster care is full of loss regardless of the reason the child was removed. For the child, thosee losses include their parents, home, pets, extended family, friends, school, and all that is familiar. For the parents, the biggest loss, of course, is their children, but many also feel the loss of the dream that they would be the type of parent that they had always hoped they would be. Foster parents also experience loss when the child moves back home or to a permanent adoptive family.
Loss impacts the child’s behavior, learning, and attachment to the foster family. It can significantly impact the relationship between the foster family and the birth family. Fear of experiencing the pain of loss can also make some foster parents hesitant to love the next foster child as deeply.
One of the most recent resources Creating a Family has to offer for Understanding Loss in Foster Care is this blog post, What Every Foster Parent Should Know: 8 Losses Foster Kids Feel.
Creating a Family has many other resources to help foster parents understand the losses associated with foster care. Scroll to the very bottom of this page to see the resources we have on Understanding Loss in Foster Care in the form of blogs, articles, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets and expert Q & A’s.