Should Survivors of Abuse be Foster Parents or Adoptive Parents?

Wow…

The Beautiful Opportunity

Our social worker said that adult survivors of abuse, neglect, sexual assault and other forms of trauma often make the best foster/adoptive parents.  However, she said there is a big “but” that can disqualify people from adopting or becoming foster parents.  Read on…

Survivors Can Make Fantastic Parents – Adoptive or Foster

Empathy:  Adult survivors can truly empathize and understand what foster kids are going through.  They can easily love traumatized children as the child’s difficult circumstances don’t scare them away, and similar histories may actually be something that bonds them together as a family.  Survivors almost instinctually get that an outburst is due to fear of abandonment or that a tantrum is about anger over not having control of one’s life, which means these parents can see and address the root cause of their children’s less than desirable behaviors.  They may even have an innate sense of what…

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2 thoughts on “Should Survivors of Abuse be Foster Parents or Adoptive Parents?”

  1. Hi Anna, Thanks for reblogging my post. I’m not sure if your “wow” is in “wow, survivors really do have a lot to offer” or “wow, how can social workers risk placing children with survivors” or “wow, you have to tell social workers about abuse if you want to adopt/foster” or something else altogether. These were all reactions by people in our foster/adopt training class. Personally, I fall in the first camp of thinking survivors can be excellent parents to traumatized kids. How about you?

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