National Foster Care Month: 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Foster Kids
This May, Take a Close Look at Foster Children Who Enter the System
Domestic violence, neglect, abuse, exposure to drugs, alcohol, and criminal activity — these were only some of the traumatic situations that foster children had experienced before they entered the system. These disruptive events in their lives caused these helpless kids to suffer from a wide range of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and academic challenges.
Despite these issues, however, a foster child can still reach their full potential with the help of foster parents who genuinely care for them.
To recognize the efforts of those who provide these hurting kids with a loving and supportive home environment, President Ronald Reagan designated May as National Foster Care Month in 1988. Since then, this event has been observed annually throughout the country to educate the public about the many challenges that foster kids face.
The 3 Biggest Challenges that Foster Children Face
As society continues to change, our welfare system needs to be keenly aware of the needs and concerns of every foster child. However, to address these issues, we must first try to understand the challenges these kids face.
- Mental health disorders
On top of the trauma that foster kids experienced in their birth families, the challenge of moving to a foster home with unfamiliar caregivers can be extremely stressful to them. If they don’t get reunited with their birth parents, a foster child is usually placed in at least two foster care homes before they end up in a more permanent foster home. These transitions can have a significant impact on the child’s mental health.
As a result, it’s not uncommon for foster children to develop mental health disorders that manifest as anxiety disorder, major depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, reactive attachment disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s important to note that biological and environmental factors contribute to the development of mental health disorders. For instance, a foster child may suffer a mental illness because of genetics, chemical imbalances, or damage to their central nervous system. The illness can also stem from environmental factors, which include prenatal drug abuse, exposure to violence, abuse, or the loss of an important person in their lives.
- Delayed social and emotional development
In most cases, the exposure of foster children to extremely stressful situations can negatively impact their ability to form new relationships and process their emotions. The absence of healthy relationships compels these kids to fend for themselves and their siblings. For this reason, most foster children develop survivalist tendencies, which they may show through food hoarding for instance.
Foster parents who notice any behaviors that indicate underdeveloped social skills or other emotional disturbances must promptly seek professional help on the child’s behalf. Some of the indicators to watch out for include social aggression, inattention to other people’s feelings, social anxiety, or withdrawal.
- Academic difficulties
A large number of foster children find themselves struggling in school. They may also struggle with speech impediments and poor verbal or motor skills. These may be related to a mental health concern or to the trauma of being moved from one home to another.
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