6 Foster Care Skills You Need to Know Before Being a Foster Parent

6 Foster Care Skills You Need to Know Before Being a Foster Parent

Basics to Being a Foster Parent, by Carrie Craft

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Know how to communicate.

You will be communicating with many different people as a foster parent. This list may include:

Know that working with foster children and the foster care system can be challenging.

The children in foster care have often endured extreme abuse and neglect. A child’s way of communicating is often through behaviors. The foster care system is also often a new entity for many foster parents.

Know how to successfully manage behaviors of challenging children.

Due to the past abuse and neglect corporal punishment is not allowed to be used on children in foster care. If the discipline method causes physical discomfort, it is not OK. For example: going without a meal, withholding bathroom breaks, push-ups, or standing in the corner on tip-toes.

Know how to manage a child’s losses as well as your own.

Many times a child’s grief and loss (grieving the loss of their home and family as well as the past abuse) can trigger responses in foster parents.

Know how to work with others.

As a foster parent you will be working with many different professionals. This really goes along with communication, but there is more to being a good team member.

Learn more about the basics of foster care here.

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