Children born into the family are the unsung heroes of foster care. They often don’t have much say in the family’s decision to foster and are asked to share toys, space and parental attention. The benefits to them can be numerous and character forming, including developing a deep awareness and compassion for vulnerable kids, learning to help, share with and comfort traumatized kids. They can emerge from this experience with a deep gratitude for their life privileges and a heart to serve others well into adulthood. It is important to recognize, however, that there can also be a negative impact that can lead to resentment and disgruntlement if not tended to. This dynamic deserves attention, respect and understanding. Join us as we take a look at the critical role biological kids play and how we can maximize the chances that fostering ends up being a positive experience for all family members.
Concepts covered are:
- The common emotional experience of a foster family’s biological children.
- Tangible ways to support bio kids through the fostering process.
- What bio kids wish their parents knew.
- Strategies to mitigate bio kids burnout.