Accepting the role of foster parent is an incredibly compassionate act that plunges us into tumultuous circumstances with strong conflicting emotions, high levels of psychological stress, and constant doubts about whether we’re doing the right thing. Foster parents take on all the traditional challenges of parenthood mid-stream, without the time or space to slowly develop the bonds and experiences that gradually build to a strong, trusting parent-child dynamic. Finding and keeping our center is a crucial part of becoming a parental figure a displaced child can rely on.
The early stages of fostering a child will include a major adjustment period. After all, both your life and the life of the child will be changing significantly. The first few days tend to be the most difficult, but if you follow these tips, you can ease that transition.
Parenting is hard. So what do you do when you’re parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges? You often feel alone and inadequate. You want so much to help your child, but you are at the end of your own rope. You feel guilty that sometimes you want to just quit.