Fostering a Child
Q. What are some things to consider before becoming a foster home?
A. Fostering children who have come from hard places should not only mean you are providing a safe place for these kids, but also helping them heal through relationships, giving them voice, and seeing the need behind behaviors. Children in foster care have experienced trauma, and they are typically functioning in survival mode. Behaviors like stealing, aggression, and lying are survival strategies to get needs met. As a caregiver it is your job to figure out the need behind those behaviors and find a way to replace those survival skills with appropriate ways to meet their needs. CASA believes that all children are precious and deserve a loving, safe home that is able to meet the complex needs they have.
Sarah Barker \ Child Advocacy Supervisor \ CASA of Tarrant County \ www.speakupforachild.org