Therapeutic Foster and Adoptive parenting

When a child or a young person is moved into foster or adoptive home, if the previous THREAT has been a primary carer, the child exists in a constant state of relational alarm – THREAT is perceived as imminent even within the safety of a new ‘safe’ foster or adoptive parent (Perry, 2006). Only day to day, repetitive, consistent, and connected care by adults, who are also cared for, can the THREAT alarm begin to be turned down. A regulated foster or adoptive parent can regulate a dysregulated child or young person. Connect B4 Correct train foster and adoptive parents on how to stay regulated in the face of at time extremely dysregulated and challenging traumatised children and young people. 

Perry, B., (2006), Applying Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children: The Neuro Sequential Model of Therapeutics. In N.B. Webb (Ed.), Working with Traumatized youth in child welfare (pp. 27-52). The Guildford Press.


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