The holiday season’s in full swing. And for foster children, it’s often a time of trauma. I mean, can you imagine being separated from family and friends during a time centered around memories with those you love?
Truthfully, being removed is difficult for kids, despite abuse, neglect, or other trauma endured in the home. As a result, many will experience profound feelings of grief and loss.
So, how can you support your foster child during the holidays? Below are a few tips to help them navigate the season.
Frontload your foster child
Frontload your foster child before the holidays on what to expect for the upcoming season, including festivities, family traditions, etc.
Incorporate your foster child’s traditions
No two families celebrate holidays the same. Incorporate your foster child’s traditions and customs into your celebration. And if they don’t want to celebrate, make sure to respect that.
Help your foster child feel welcomed
Take steps to ensure your child is completely welcomed as an equal part of the family while respecting their emotions no matter what.
Include your foster child’s family & friends
When possible, include your foster child’s broader community in celebrations and allow them to spend time with relatives and close friends.
Support your foster child’s mental health
Feelings surrounding the holidays can be conflicting and complex. Practice patience, make space for their emotions and seek support from a therapist or other mental health professional if needed.
Does your child need help?
Do you have a child who needs extra support this holiday season? If so, we’re here to help! Contact us online or call 406-245-6539 to reach any of our 30 locations for wraparound mental health support.
Interested in becoming a foster parent?
If you’re interested in opening your home to children in need, visit our foster care page today to learn more about getting involved.
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