Foster parents are called to provide care for children who have had an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Children who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or multiple moves and caregivers often experience behavioral problems.
Some of them can be obvious like crying and asking for the parent. Foster parents are often surprised that children who have been abused are asking for the parents who may have been the ones who committed the abuse.
Others might just look like “bad” behaviors. Often the roots of the anger, tantrums, yelling, lying or stealing are due to the trauma and the grief and loss process the child is experiencing.
Foster parents are encourage to participate in training to help them how to provide "trauma-informed" care, while building healthy relationships with the children in their care.