It’s complicated: Parenting a child with complex trauma as a kinship caregiver

by Kate Murray • Many children in kinship care have experienced complex trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) defines complex trauma as children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events (such as physical and sexual abuse) from a young age. These traumatic events often occur within their caregiving relationship and have long-term effects on a child’s behavior and development. When

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Resilient parenting involves seeing the needs behind challenging behaviors

by Bob DeMarco • Webster’s defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resilience is toughness, inner strength. Without it, we wither when hard things happen to us. Our Kids Are Resilient! All children in foster care or who have been adopted have endured the trauma of being separated from their biological families. Many have endured even more

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Promoting the resilience of young people in foster care

Two brothers, close in age, had the same difficult childhood. They experienced physical and sexual abuse and lived in violent neighborhoods. Both their parents struggled with alcohol and spent time in jail. Today, one brother is a thriving businessman who is happily married, a good father, and a valued member of his community. The other is chronically unemployed and fighting

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Dental and Oral Health for Young People in Foster Care

The health of your mouth, teeth, and gums is linked to your general health and well-being at every stage of life. “A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being” (Dental Health Foundation, 2016). The opposite can also be true. Dental and oral health problems can

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Ever feel you aren’t making a difference?
Book Review

by Jeanne Preisler There are a few times in life that have a distinct before and after: getting married, for instance. Becoming a parent. Becoming a grandparent. I believe parenting a traumatized child is another example. It’s difficult to explain to others what parenting a traumatized child feels like. How much emotional and cognitive effort it demands. How draining that

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