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The Supportive Foster Parent
Parenting training for foster parents taking them from novices, struggling foster parents to competent and empowered and bonded foster parents.
Ever feel helpless and misunderstood as a foster parent? Then this book is for you! It is a skills development for foster parents to learn how to bond, care for, and manage difficult and challenging emotional and behavioral problems in foster children. Foster parents will learn how to prepare and protect their children and themselves, state of the art evidence based techniques for parenting children with ADHD, delays, Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cocaine babies, severe sexually acting out behaviors, depression and anxiety. They will also learn strategies to become empowered to successfully take on the challenges of foster parenting.
Childhood behaviors stemming from trauma, neglect, abuse, and disruption of attachment are all treated routinely with medication and the root cause, the absence of secure attachment for most children, is ignored or under-treated.
Children are removed from their parents’ care at any hour of the day or night, often confused and bewildered, and bundled into a car with a few belongings shoved into a garbage or plastic bag. Well-meaning law enforcement agents performing their duty to protect our children from harm then contribute to the traumatic memories of these children that are repeatedly seen in psychological protocols. I call it ‘displacement trauma’ that may revisit these children during their sleep at night. To many of these children, being taken away from their caregivers, however inadequate, represents a displacement of their mental set, view of their world, and day to day expectations. Chaos is one such expectation while routine can seem frightening and confusing at first.