Fostering at Christmas
For many of our children, Christmas can trigger confusing and difficult memories and emotions. They may be fearful of what the festive period may bring, associating this time of year with alcohol or drug abuse, aggression or violence, or have memories of a Christmas day without food or presents or love.
Running your foster child/ren through your routines and timings will help them know what to expect this Christmas. Encouraging them to share any traditions that they would like to maintain and encorporating them into your plans may also help. Foster children will need extra reassurance and understanding at this time. Encouraging them to shop with you for the Christmas food, letting them know that no-one will go without and helping them to choose gifts for others should help them to feel welcome and included.
Here are a few articles which give more advice and guidance. As always, don't forget to call on your social worker and fostering friends if your foster child is displaying challenging behaviour or a situation crops up that your not sure how to deal with. Most would have experienced something similar before and be able to help you to find a solution.