Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child

A Resource Article from the Child Welfare Information Gateway

If you’re a foster parent adopting a child, children, or youth currently in your care, you’ll need to help your child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. While you may appreciate the difference in the child’s role within your family, children and youth may not clearly comprehend the difference between being a foster child versus being an adopted child in the same family. There are specific steps you can take to help children understand these changes.

What’s Inside:

  • Talking with children about the changes
  • Helping children understand their histories and losses
  • Helping children cope with trauma and loss
  • Helping children transfer attachments
  • Conclusion
  • Resources

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