Every child in foster care and adoption has experienced trauma—often abuse and neglect, but at a minimum, separation from their birth family. In recent years, we’ve learned that the trauma children experience can have serious, even lifelong, effects.
Ongoing trauma can affect children’s ability to concentrate, control their emotions, respond to conflict, develop healthy relationships, and interpret social cues. Children who have experienced serious trauma can be extra vigilant and physically reactive, both of which take a physical and emotional toll.
Many children develop behaviors as a result of their trauma exposure that can make life more challenging for them and for their families. The good news is that there is hope. Informed parents who used trauma-informed parenting techniques can help their children heal and reduce the effects of trauma.