Tips for Fostercare and Caring for the Traumatized Child

By Dr. Cheryl Andaya

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Tips from Other Foster Parents

This is from the presentation I gave on the Traumatized Child. As I was preparing for the presentation, I went on a couple FaceBook groups and someone asked what advice would fosterparents give about fostering. Here is what they said…

Quotes were taken with permission from the individual who posted the comment.

´“Pay attention to the signs that you need to take a break. Or you and partner need to recharge. Otherwise there will be a grey cloud over your house.”

´“…never ever say anything negative about bio parents.”

´“…treat your foster kids the same as you do your bio.” It will prevent the message of “I value you less.”

´“Lower your expectations for what you think support/acceptance will be like from family and friends.”

´“Do not take words personally!!”

´“You’re going to be shocked by the abuse that your kids have been through”

´“Don’t think just because the child is a teenager that you can expect them to act older.”

´“Keep schedules.”

´“always speak with an even tone even when you’re angry”

´“use respite when needed”

****I will be adding to this list and include other excerpts from my presentation. I’m also hoping to post the recorded video of the presentation. To be alerted when the post is up, subscribe and comment. Thanks for reading. Aloha!

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Dr. Cheryl Andaya

Clinical Psychologist

I’m a mother and a Clinical Psychologist who works with children and their families as well as individuals reaching for their goals. Born and raised in Hawaii, I embrace diversity and help individuals find their strengths.

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