Healing After Abuse and Neglect

Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption & Foster Care

Dec 24 2020 • 1 hr

Children adopted from foster care or from abroad have often experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. These children require a different form of parenting.  This is a re-air of an older interview we did with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, and the founder and Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, about how to help children from hard places heal.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Why is parenting abused children different from traditional parenting?
  • What are the 3 most important things you should do during the first 6 months home with a newly adopted child?
  • How can we discipline our children while still remaining connected and create attachment?
  • How can we help a child who has tantrums whenever he hears the word “no,” or is told he can’t do something?
  • How long should parents stay home (if possible) after adoption?
  • How can parents be proactive with children who have experienced abuse and neglect in order to help them and to improve behavior?
  • Parenting kids adopted from foster care and internationally can be hard on the marriage and especially when one of the parents is the one getting educated on the type of parenting these kids need and the other one has not “bought into” it yet. How to help both parents get on the same page.
  • How should parents handle criticism (implied or direct) about their parenting style when they are trying to follow the empower to connect style?
  • What are some practical tools for encouraging attachment?

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