Often, foster kids have come into care specifically because they have experienced loss, 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 licensing process to understand why foster kids behave the way they do and how they can help them cope. Once foster parents welcome a child into their home, they may find the child’s behaviors particularly challenging.
Creating a Family has many resources to help you who are Parenting Foster Kids with Challenging Behaviors. Here are a few of our more recent resources that you might find particularly helpful:
- Why Does My Teen Hate The Way I Breathe?
- Keeping Your Cool When Your Kids are Losing Theirs
- Lying & Stealing: How to Parent Challenging Behaviors
- The Holidays with Adopted, Foster, or Kinship Kids Who’ve Been Exposed to Trauma
- Advocating for Your Child With Prenatal Substance Exposure
- Problematic Sexual Behavior