In this series we explore how early adverse childhood experiences affect a child’s brain, and effective techniques for helping children through these experiences.
Children and young people who have had adverse childhood experiences store these trauma memories in their bodies. These memories can be triggered and be re-experienced as unnarrated emotional clouds of sensation.
Children and young people can display a number of behaviours as they attempt to dampen these uncomfortable and agitating sensations. They can then be labelled, to quote Fiennes “mad, bad and dangerous to know” (2007). Most adverse childhood experiences take place in close family relationships. Meaning the trauma is relational.
New foster or adopted caring families, as loving as these families may be, can be a trauma trigger. Paradoxically it is within these loving families that these children and young people can heal. Supporting these families to Connect beyond the hurt behaviours and withstand and make sense of the meaning is key before any ‘Correcting’ can be helpful.
Using our unique therapeutic fostering model, we offer expert training and support to our foster parents, equipping them with the tools to help the children we place with them. If you’re interested in our approach to foster parenting, and want to find out more, please get in touch