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Managing grief in foster children Blog.

Grief is not uncommon in foster children. Imagine being forced from your family, for reasons you cannot understand. Foster children have suffered a tremendous loss, which can lead to apathy and a deep sadness. This often goes unrecognised and can manifest itself into further traumas.

Young children will not know how to process this intense feeling of grief. They could act out or develop behavioural problems. Professionals can be too quick to attribute this to a larger psychological issue. It is important to recognise and empathise with the grief foster children will be facing.

Encourage them to talk about their feelings, avoid punishment and let them know that everything will be OK.

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