Children in Foster Care can be difficult and seem “ungrateful” for all that a foster family is trying to do for them. Despite their training, foster parents may not realize understand how the trauma neglected and abused children have suffered “affects how the child interacts and reacts to others, how they experience emotions, how they regulate themselves and adapt. It affects how a person remembers, meets his or her needs, navigates through the stages of development, and comprehends one’s self in the context of the world around him or her. (Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families, 2014)
We urge those who advocate for and provide services to children to watch this video. It is twelve minutes long. You are likely to cry and be tempted to stop watching. Hang in there as you see what happens in this little girl’s Final Placement.