Helping Foster Children Adjust to Placement

Friends of Wednesday's Child

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right when she said, “there’s no place like home.” If you have ever traveled for more than two days, you understand what it’s like to long to rest on your own bed. When separated from family, children experience a sense of loss and confusion. Many arrive to their new foster home with little to no belongings. What was once familiar is now completely foreign.

Children in foster care face numerous barriers: a new home, new school and friends. In addition, they carry the loss of relationships and connections. As you can imagine, in order to help a child adjust, it’s important to be patient and understanding. Following are a couple of ideas on how to help a child adjust to a new placement:

• Reassure – Simply taking time to be talk helps reassure the child that your home is a place of…

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