School of Behavioral Sciences
child abuse, foster care, foster parents, foster children, trauma-informed parenting, mental health
Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Social Work
Genn, Hannah, "Providing Trauma-Informed Care for Children in the Foster Care System" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1098.
Foster parents need to be trained in trauma-informed approaches and how to identify previous traumas in order to understand how their foster children’s past experiences of abuse or neglect manifest as mental disorders, social challenges, or behavioral concerns. Warning signs for depression or post-traumatic stress disorder should be noted, and youth should be taught how to foster healthy relationships in order to prevent substance abuse, irresponsible sexual activity, or academic failing. Foster parents can provide additional support by creating reasonable expectations for their foster children, teaching effective coping skills, and connecting with available resources.