Many children coming into foster care have been sacrificing their own needs of love, guidance, nurturing and attention, to care for their parent(s). The child has felt obligated to take on the task expected of their caregiver; in his or her mind, this is the only way to achieve any semblance of harmony in the home. This is referred to as being "parentified" and can create certain challenges when the child transitions into a foster home. #fosterparenting #satorifoster #parenting ... See MoreSee Less
What does Parentified mean? When a child takes on the role and responsibilities of a parent, typically through functional and emotional caregiving, they are experiencing the process of parentification...
Practising self-care is important as a foster parent. To be effective, you must take care of yourself! Be sure to schedule time for the things that you enjoy, no matter how hard that seems. #selfcare #fosterparenting #satorifoster ... See MoreSee Less
There are many conversations that adults have that kids do not need to hear. Kids' brains develop at an extraordinary rate during early childhood and they are absorbing what happens around them. When they see and hear adult problems it can make them worried and insecure. It is easy, especially with babies and toddlers, to think that your words and tone are going unnoticed but they are not. Take your arguments and heavy discussion to kid free zone. For their sake. #parenting #satorifoster #fosterparenting ... See MoreSee Less
Never stop advocating for the kids in your care! It takes a team of people and agencies to help children recover from trauma. As a foster parent, you are a key part of this team. Help ensure efforts are coordinated and help others to view your children through a trauma lens. #traumainformed #satorifoster #fosterparenting ... See MoreSee Less
Self-regulation in kids refers to their ability to maintain an arousal level that is appropriate for any given situation. Self-regulation also involves appropriate behavioural and sensory responses to the environment and the ability to demonstrate self control. Here are some games and activities to help the children in your care work on self regulation. #traumainformed #selfregulation #fosterparenting #satorifoster ... See MoreSee Less
How can you support the development of self-regulation in kids? This huge resource is full of self-regulation games, information, books, and more!
One way you can help a child who has been through trauma is by respecting and supporting their positive, stable relationships. Children who have been maltreated often have insecure attachments to other people. Help them hold on to what is good about existing attachments, reshape them, and make new meaning from them. When appropriate, engaging in shared parenting (cultivating positive, supportive relationships with birth parents) will help you do this. In addition, help children build new, healthier relationships with yourself and others. #traumainformed #fosterparenting #satorifoster ... See MoreSee Less
We had a wonderful holiday party at Royal Distributing Athletic Centre last week. Special thanks to all of the Satori Homes Therapeutic Foster Care families who joined us. What a reminder of how lucky we are to do what we love! #grateful #celebration #satorifoster ... See MoreSee Less