Foundations For Healthy Relationships With Foster Youth

Author(s): Belian, Marla.
Published: 2018
Available from: National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
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Document available online at: NationalResourceCenterforHealthyMarriageandFamilies16521
Printable version (PDF): https://healthymarriageandfamilies.org/sites/default/files/Resource%20Files/FosterYouthTipSheet_508_Final.pdf external link(opens in new window)
Abstract: This federally funded tip sheet explains there are approximately 430,000 children and youth in foster care on any given day, the negative impact of adverse experiences in the early years, and how nurturing caregivers can help increase a child's resilience by building in them strengths at the relational level. It then provides caregivers with ways to be the support system that a child in foster care needs to help them develop the critical relationships skills necessary for future stability, healthy decision making, and overall growth. Tips include: provide youth with a safe space and let your relationship develop naturally; model health relationship behaviors; remember that it’s the simple things that count and that kids notice; don’t give up in trying to form an attachment or bond with the foster child; and support the development of lifelong connections. 11 references.