Responding To Grief & Loss in Foster Care and Adoption.
Wilson, Dawn. Paglino, Kimberly.
Published: July-August 2019
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 19, No. 3 , p. 42-45
Fostering Media Connections
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This article explains the safety and security children and youth ideally will receive in a foster home requires them first to have lost a connection to their family of origin. It then defines ambiguous losses that are common in the adoption and foster care experiences, and disenfranchised grief that occurs when a loss is not publicly acknowledged. The impact of feelings of grief and loss on children’s behaviors is noted, and strategies for responding effectively and accessing mental health services are discussed. The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative’s web-based training to build the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals to more effectively support children and their families is highlighted.
adopted children; foster children; grief; loss; behavior problems; child rearing; mental health services