Christy of a fostered life says that when she began her foster care journey, she knew very little about how profoundly trauma and neglect affect the physical development of a child’s brain. She says that understanding this is key for foster and adoptive parents, and she encourages anyone who is currently foster parenting or thinking about foster parenting to learn more.
In this video, she discusses:
The way that core memories from a child’s life shapes their perceptions of themselves and the world,
The importance of not assuming that your child shares your ideas about right and wrong.
The “high alert” state of the brain that is brought about by trauma.
The fact that positive attention can be overwhelming to a child after habitual neglect.