The trauma that occurred within a child’s first few months or even in utero can have a lasting impact on their development. While in some developmental realms there may not be any delays recognized, other areas may be impacted tremendously. It is essential that foster, kinship and adoptive parents learn how to recognize how children may be affected and learn how to support them through strategies that are research and evidence based.
What is equally as important is that the parents of children who have been traumatized know that they are not alone and that it is in everyone’s best interest that they get supports for themselves while parenting through the challenges. It is only with supports and connections with other parents in similar situations that they will be able to strongly persevere and find their own grit.