Youth who have been in foster care or who have been adopted are often an especially vulnerable group of people. Their life experiences are different from those people who have known love, understanding, and consistency. Kids in care have unmet needs and have often experienced multiple losses and stress.
Behavior is an expression of a feeling or an attempt to meet a need. Crisis is a time of social, emotional, and physical distress that temporarily impairs a child’s ability to cope.
Our response to crisis should be to help develop the child or youth’s self-control, self-worth, independence, and responsibility for his or her behavior. This tip sheet includes guidelines for what to do before, during, and after a crisis.