When a family welcomes a child from foster care, family dynamics undergo enormous changes.
The new family member often arrives with many new time-consuming events such as caseworker meetings, biological family visits, dentist and doctor appointments, and evaluations with mental health providers and therapists. All of this time focused on a single child may leave other children in the family feeling left out and unimportant.
In order to create a united, thriving family, parents need to ensure each family member feels heard and cared for; that everyone in the family has a voice. With a little extra effort and help from support team members, foster parents can give voice and needed attention to all family members.
Ways to Support Individual Connection
Support team members can give parents the time and space to connect with each child individually by: