If I am a Foster Parent, What Can I Expect When a Child Comes to My Home for the First Time?
It can be confusing and scary for a child to enter foster care. The child might not understand why he/she was taken away from mom or dad and the child has to get used to a new home, new rules, and new caregivers. It is common for a child to experience a wide range of feelings or behaviors as he/she makes a transition into foster care. Some examples of common feelings and behaviors include:
- Regression to younger behaviors such as baby talk or bedwetting
- Fantasies about parents (unrealistic idealization)
- Confusion over new rules and roles
- Inappropriate affection towards strangers (too affectionate or too distant/fearful)
- School Difficulties
On the positive side, there are a lot of things a foster parent can do to help improve the development of a child in their life and help them handle their feelings and behavior in an appropriate way. See If I am a foster parent, what can I do to help the child in my life?
for more information.
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