Support Babies Development By Caring For Teen Parents.
Published: July-August 2019
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 19, No. 3 , p. 24-25
Fostering Media Connections
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Los Angeles, CA 90014
This article explains strategies foster parents can use to balance and attend to the developmental needs of the teen parent, the infant, and their growing relationship with each other. Foster parents are urged to accept teen parents will do things differently, understand teen parents are still developing themselves, expect them to succeed, believe that teens and their babies should be together so they can bond and attach, and recognize teens do not know how to parent and need direct teaching, modeling, and nurturing.
foster adolescents; adolescent parents; teenage mothers; infants; child development; foster parents