Here’s the current reality - foster children and teens face more challenges than their non-foster counterparts when it comes to their mental health. Furthermore, this stigma can be a point of nervousness for potential foster parents. However, it’s also true that there’s hope for these foster children and help for their foster parents when it comes to overcoming these obstacles and creating a brighter future for everyone.
This year’s National Foster Care Month theme is “Strengthening Minds. Uplifting Families.” which highlights the need to take a holistic and culturally responsive approach to supporting the mental health needs of those involved with child welfare. These groups include social work and behavioral health professionals, volunteers, foster and adoptive parents, biological families of foster children, and the most important people, the children.