Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses risk factors that make for a difficult start for children. For children who are adopted or come to families through the foster care system, it is helpful to understand that many of those children have had many, if not all, of those risk factors.
Even children adopted at birth will have loss to deal with. There are risk factors that may begin in utero. There is risk and loss when a child has been placed either in an adoptive home or later, in a foster home.
By understanding where a child comes from — and that there are children who come from hard places — parents can best help the child to overcome and deal with past loss and trauma. Without being able to retrieve a concrete memory, sometimes it’s hard to accept that there is trauma at all. Yet it is there and there is hope of healing.