Reducing the Impact of Trauma
Family separation is stressful for everyone in the family, no matter the circumstances. It’s particularly traumatic for children when situations arise and they need to be removed from their parents’ care. What we know about how children respond to traumatic events is in large part based on the response from those people around them who they know and trust. The support of these caring adults plays a significant role in how children respond to and are able to heal from trauma.
Children in foster care experience particularly high rates of trauma. Children in foster care in the United States are also more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and other behavioral problems. That is why it’s important to allow children to be able to reside with someone safe who is familiar to them when they are unable to live at home.
In addition to reducing the impact of the trauma the children may experience, placing children with safe people they know and trust has other benefits for the children. Compared to children in foster care in non-kinship placements, children who are placed in kinship placements tend to experience more stability in their living environment, fewer school changes, better behavioral and mental health outcomes, and a higher likelihood of maintaining important family and cultural connections, including being more likely to be placed with their siblings. Children living in a kinship home are also less likely to re-enter the foster care system after returning to their parents care.
At Promiseship, we understand the importance of kinship families in the lives of the youth we serve. We also recognize that the needs of kinship families are unique compared to those of non-kinship foster families including the impact of trauma on the children residing in your home.