The importance of encouraging friendships.
Foster children are particularly vulnerable. Through this period of upheaval, they will have lost their established support network. Older children especially will be reluctant to be open towards their foster carers.
This is no fault of the foster carer. It can take quite a long time for a bond of this nature to form between you.
However, there are things which children are more willing to share with their peers. So, it is important to encourage foster children to meet new people. Through doing so they will develop their own support networks independent of the foster care system.
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