Therapeutic foster care is increasingly important in relation to placement stability and successful long term outcomes for children who have experienced trauma. Such experiences can create mental health problems for children in care. Effective therapeutic foster care requires an understanding of the interplay of trauma and attachment.
The children that come into care are particularly susceptible to developing emotional, social and psychological difficulties. Such children may have already suffered a multitude of problems. They may have been abused or neglected. And this can come in many forms. They may have witnessed alcohol, substance abuse, criminality or violence within the family home. When taken into care, the sense of separation can add to the burden of such experiences. This is especially when you consider that this can also mean the loss of family, community, culture and in many cases school environments as well.
It is not surprising that these kinds of experiences of trauma and loss – combined with disruption – can have a profound effect on children striving to develop secure attachments – along with their later capacity to form attachments with their foster carer. Research has demonstrated that a secure attachment is fundamental to a child’s development and is a key protective factor. In comparison, an insecure attachment is viewed as a risk factor and often associated with children with experience of abuse and neglect. We shall be looking in more detail at attachment theory in relation to therapeutic foster care in future blogs in this series.
The recent national foster care stocktake has found that 65% of children entering the care system have experienced abuse of neglect. This means we increasingly need people to train to go into therapeutic foster care. The rewards can be considerable – enhanced pay rates – together with the knowledge that, as someone skilled in therapeutic foster care, you will have provided support and direction for a vulnerable young person: a real life achievement.
Call 020 8427 3355 or our National line 0330 311 2845 for a friendly and informal chat about therapeutic foster care.
And today in the UK fostering news:
Leading foster care charity critical over minimum allowances
22nd, February 2018
The Department for Education has now published the new national minimum allowance rates (more) http://bit.ly/2e8PrIK
Good news at the end of this Rainbow…still places available for our music workshops planned to be run in Milton Keynes!