What are the losses that foster children and foster parents feel, and what are ways to cope with this loss? In this course, we interview Karen Buckwalter, Director of Program Strategies, at Chaddock, a Residential Treatment and Trauma & Attachment Center, and author of Attachment Theory in Action: Building Connections Between Children and Parents.
This course covers the following topics:
- What are the losses inherent to foster care from the child’s standpoint?
- Loss of family
- Loss of extended family
- Loss of siblings
- Loss of culture
- Loss of medical history
- Loss of childhood mementos and pictures
- Loss of birth order. Loss of place in birth order in family
- Loss of faith community
- Loss of identity
- Loss of role in the family. (Example: Child who has been in the role of caretaker in the family)
- Loss of loyalty, or feeling of divided loyalty.
- Loss of school, church, community
- Loss of pets
- Loss of familiar celebrations and traditions
- Loss of the familiar
- How might children in foster care express loss at different developmental stages?
- How can a child feel loss when they are removed from an abusive situation?
- How can foster parents help their foster children cope with loss at different developmental ages and stages?
- How to handle when family visits seem to set the foster child back.
- Losses many foster parents feel:
- Loss of child
- Loss of control in making decisions that you think are best.
- How can foster parents deal with their losses?
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