Most children adopted internationally or from foster care have experienced some sort of trauma. Depending on the trauma they experienced and the individual child’s response to the trauma, this can have profound effects on their brain development and ability to cope with day-to-day stressors. Because of this, a traumatized child may exhibit troubling behaviors that can make family life challenging for everyone – parents, other children, and the new child. There are, however, things you can do as a parent to help ease some of these challenges and help your child successfully become a part of the family.
Do you know what they are?