Supporting Adoptive and Foster Parents in Play Therapy
Working with adoptive and foster parents is a rewarding experience, but the lack of education that runs rampant poses a challenge. As therapists, one of the most important things we can do is fill in the gaps while allowing them the space to grieve.
2:00 Lisa discusses her clinical history with adoption
2:59 Education, education, education
3:15 There is a lack of education in the system
4:19 Parents aren’t always prepared due to the lack of education
4:54 Let adoptive parents grieve
6:00 Ask parents about their hopes and dreams
9:15 A rupture can occur in a child even in utero
10:00 Adoptive and foster parents are often repairing a wound they didn’t cause
11:45 When should you tell a child they were adopted? Yesterday
12:15 Children have body memory even if they don’t remember
14:00 Lisa shares a story
17:30 Why is knowing the difference between emotional age and chronological age so important?
19:15 Supporting each other in repair
20:00 The value in having direct conversations