It is no secret that foster children go through a great deal of emotional upheaval in the first week after being placed in a new home. This upheaval can manifest itself in many ways, from withdrawing and isolating themselves to exhibiting disruptive behavior. It is important for foster parents to understand these emotions and be prepared to help foster children adjust to their new environment.
First Week Feelings
These feelings can lead them to shut down emotionally or act out in an attempt to regain some control over their lives. As a foster parent, it is important for you to recognize this behavior as a symptom of grief and provide the necessary support your child needs during this difficult transition period.
Ways to Help Foster Children Adjust During the First Week in Placement
The first week of a placement is often chaotic for everyone involved, but there are several things that you can do as a foster parent in order to help your foster child adjust more easily:
The first week after being placed in a new home can be an incredibly difficult time for any foster child—and understanding how these emotions manifest themselves is key for fostering successful relationships between caregivers and those in care. By recognizing their feelings, you can better equip yourself with the knowledge needed to provide emotional support for your newly-placed foster child during this challenging transition period. With patience, love, understanding, you can help your foster child find success in his or her forever home!
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