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Rupture, repair & building resilience in residential care

A lot of children unfortunately find themselves in residential care environments. There are several things that should be taken into account when a child moves into residential care. A young 11-year-old child had a difficult time living in a residential care environment. He began to experience fear and anxiety in a residential care environment. Many providers decided that they were unable to take care of the boy. An analysis made it clear that the boy had meltdowns as a way to protect himself because he did not trust adults. The information was passed to the boys’ caregivers, and he has performed better. The boy is now doing well in school and in his living environments. The boy is now out of residential care and lives in a family setting with his sister.

Key Takeaways:

  • A lot of children end up in residential care without a true home to go to.
  • The child was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and reactive attachment disorder, which was leading to his meltdowns.
  • The child is looking to be eased out of residential care and back into his foster mothers’ home.

“Rather than being angry at him when he had a meltdown or lashed out, Emma taught the carers to be curious and try and understand why he reacted that way.”

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