Many traumatized children could really use a stable home. I am so impressed by parents who foster parent or adopt a child who has a history of trauma.
So many children from dysfunctional backgrounds have nowhere to go and end up in the foster care system being passed from home to home. This constant change undermines their healing. In fact, it creates further trauma of not having a stable environment in which to live.
As great as it is to help these children and provide stability for them, the struggles they present to a family can be extreme. I think most parents who have been caregiving for a trauma-impacted child had no idea what their life would be like. The constant struggles can be overwhelming, and yet the beauty of what can happen in a child’s life is immeasurable.
I think this article linked below represents issues faced by parents who are such blessings to these children. It reflects both the highs and lows of life with a traumatized child.
I appreciate so much the struggles of parenting these children. We need to support these wonderful parents who are taking on the challenges and going through the struggles of parenting a trauma-impacted child.
Yes, it does take a village, and we need to surround them with all the support we can offer.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO