Grief & Loss in the Care System
Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses how, in foster care, grief and loss are experienced by everyone involved in the removal and placement of a child. The child, birth parents, and the foster family all go through stages of grief. Yet, this grief is often denied or hidden. Learn about the stages of natural grieving, how grief is expressed, and "complex grief." Also discussed are strategies for helping children, birth parents and family members handle and appropriately express their feelings of grief and loss.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
As I went through this module, I could relate to each stage of grief and loss. I've been a foster/adoptive parent for 10+ years and have experienced it several times. It's both difficult and exhausting, just as described.
This course examines the stages of grief as experienced by children, birth families and foster families: