Therapeutic Foster Care

Early adverse childhood experiences are imprinted in the brain as unnarrated sensations. As the brain develops and adapts to the environment it creates a template – a mirror to experiences. Children and young people who develop in chaotic and/or neglectful and threatening environments will have reflected neural brain activity or non-activity the neutrons are 'use-dependent’ (Perry, 2006). Pathways in the brain that are overly sensitive or non-sensitive.  The impact of continual stress and the associated chemical reactions changes the nature of the ‘stress response’ system in the brain. Meaning that this ‘use-dependent’ brain network of neurons becomes over sensitive and overreactive. Connect B4 Correct helps foster and adoptive parents develop an understanding of how the brain reflects what it experiences, which helps them to make sense of children and young people who resort to anger quickly and, in turn the cries of foster or adoptive parents “they went from 0-10 angry for no reason” can be understood. Put simplistically, a child or young person with chronic exposure to aggression is likely to have overly sensitive neuro pathways to anger and become an ‘angry’ child or young person unless they are afforded the care and nature of a therapeutic minded foster or adoptive parent.

Perry, B., (2006), Applying Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children: The Neurosequential 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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