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Foster care comes with a myriad of emotional problems, issues, and setbacks. Foster care can negatively affect everyone involved; it doesn't discriminate. However, it's important to remember that it comes with ample joy, too. So, don't forget that. Even so, attachment issues and regression are fairly common for those in the foster care system, no matter their ages. As a foster parent, you will get first-hand knowledge and experience with regression and attachment issues. But first, it's important that you have a full understanding of what those two things really mean, and what they mean to you.
Regression - If your foster child regressed, this could mean a variety of things.
Attachment Issues - When a child suffers an emotionally traumatic event, like being taken away from family and placed in a foster home, s/he may have issues forming emotional attachments with you or anyone in your household. When trying to identify if your foster child suffers from attachment issues, like Reactive Attachment Disorder, keep an eye out for the following behaviors:
While regression and attachment issues are separate, they can also go hand in hand. And this can be very difficult to deal with. While you can't help your foster child change overnight, it's important to be as helpful as you can. Encourage your foster child to see a professional therapist or counselor, maybe even join a support group. Doing so can help everyone in your household. One of the best things you can do is be understanding and patient. You need to understand that your foster child suffered tremendous loss and hurt, in one form or another. S/he isn't acting a certain way to upset you. S/he has emotional issues that have taken over. Be patient with your foster child and with yourself. It's a learning process, so take it one day at a time.
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If you're considering fostering, remember that there are several types to explore, including emergency care, long-term care, and pre-adoption care.
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