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Child Needs

Adoption Triad: Effectively Responding to a Child in Crisis

Responding effectively to a child in crisis is an essential skill for parents who foster or adopt a child who has a history of trauma and loss. While most parents know the challenge of responding to a child who is having the dreaded “meltdown,” parents who have adopted or are fostering may face these challenging behaviors more frequently. Knowing how to effectively respond improves parents’ ability to ensure the child’s safety, and it can also be an opportunity to help the child learn to handle their feelings more constructively while also strengthening their relationship with the child. Parenting a child with a history of trauma and loss offers rewards and challenges. It is important that parents be proactive in getting the support and resources they need to be successful. The NTDC Right-Time themes can be a useful resource, and the link is provided below as one of the three resources for learning more about this topic.

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