Foster Care Handbook: Behavior - Action Speaks Louder Than Words (Chapter 5, page 1 of 1)

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Chapter 5

Everyday is a New Adventure

Foster parents come in every size, shape, age, ethnicity, sex, marital status and educational background. The necessary ingredient is a strong willingness to face the challenges that every child brings into our homes.

Also, aside from the myriad of foster care agencies, city, county, state and federal laws, there are important perspectives to maintain as a foster parent:

  1. You often do not know the actual background of the child.
  2. You usually have no clue as to what their behavior problem or problems are until they start to display them.
  3. You really don't know how they process information or view others from their perspective.
  4. They are adjusting to a new home, a new culture, usually people they've never met and often don't have the tools to properly evaluate all that is happening to them.
  5. They are now part of a new family, which may or may not have other children in the home. There are relatives and friends that are unfamiliar to them.
  6. Children who have been in other foster homes seem to display a different perspective then newcomers. They can be more combative, less trusting and more withdrawn.

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