Video: Chronological Age is not All that Matters in Foster Care

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Denalee Chapman July 25, 2015

A foster parent should not set expectations about an incoming foster child just by the child’s chronological age. Because of the child’s special circumstances, other factors determine how you should expect a child to act. So, besides the chronological age provided by the social worker, a foster parent should also consider the child’s physical appearance, educational experience, emotional and social age, and the child’s life experiences. It should not be expected that a foster child will act his/her chronological age. When all pieces of the “age puzzle” are considered, caring for the child can be more effective.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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