A child is removed from their home and placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect in their home. When a child is placed in foster care, they are provided with a safe temporary home while their biological family is given time to work through their struggles and build the skills necessary to provide a safe place to their children again. The goal of every child in foster care is to return home, unless it is necessary to change that goal to a placement with a relative, adoption, or independent living.
Many children coming into foster care experience extreme difficulty when trying to develop healthy relationships and “attach” to others on an emotional level. Children act out behaviorally for numerous reasons, the least of which is to get attention, both positive and negative. They are often acting out because they are afraid of getting hurt, abandoned, or rejected. It can take a great deal of time to overcome dysfunctional well ingrained ways of relating to others. It requires constant care, structure, respect, support and a willing and able team effort.
The family environment is a powerful, effective and singularly “real” environment to heal children. Foster parents, along with the help of the agency, training, and a treatment team, help children in foster care to heal and learn healthy, safe coping skills before returning home. Therapeutic foster care is based on the premise that all children require a trusting and secure attachment to an adult caregiver. Such a relationship increases a child’s potential to grow and develop normally in all vital areas of life.
Every child is different, and may require a different home environment and relationship with a caregiver to learn from and grow in. For that reason, FCSVA works hard to find strong, patient homes, regardless of the structure of their home, for these children. See the video below to learn more about how you may be able to foster with FCSVA, regardless of your home makeup, as well as to learn some other common myths surrounding foster care.