Question: Does every child that comes into foster care have trauma?

Coming into foster care in itself is traumatic. Although there are exceptions to this, typically we find the things that lead a child to come into the foster care system have also caused trauma in a child’s life. As a result, kids that have been in foster care make up the largest percentage of PTSD sufferers (including soldiers that have come back from war). Trauma has a way of seeping into every area of a child’s life; health, behavior, social interactions. Kids need adults to help them walk through the trauma and learn skills to help them heal so that they can be successful in life.  Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has a wonderful TedTalk that explains why it is so important for us as a society to invest in helping kids heal from trauma. It is well worth your time.

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