Adoption foster care

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When children come into foster care as a result of abuse or trauma, it's really important for foster parents to remember that these kids have been affected by their experiences. Maybe they've had kind of an early, rough start to life. And 'love conquers all' is great; that's sort of like the necessary baseline thing that you need. But the truth is it may not be sufficient. And the way that love can conquer all is when the foster parent can remember to be patient and take their time to understand the special needs of their child, the unique experiences that their foster child has brought into their family, and really try to understand that they may need different things. They may need different types of support. If they've had traumatic experiences that have affected their development specifically, they may need IEP's when they get to school age, or they may need regional center services, or they just may need extra therapy and supportive services. So once a foster parent has understood the unique experiences that their foster child has brought into the family, they can try to be patient and really be sensitive to understanding that building an attachment relationship takes time, it takes work, it takes energy, and it's not really easy although their previous experiences have told them that it's easy. When kids have had a rough start to life to life, attachment may take longer to build.

Watch Catherine Mogil, PsyD's video on Caring for the psychological needs of foster kids...


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Catherine Mogil, PsyD

Family Trauma Therapist

Dr. Catherine E. Mogil is an assistant clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of training and intervention development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and as the co-director of the Child and Family Trauma Service.

Dr. Mogil is also a consultant for the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and a special military project with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Her recent research focuses on the effects of multiple deployments on military families, including the role of parental functioning on childhood mental health. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects that examine the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with autism spectrum and other disorders.

Dr. Mogil is certified in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Mogil also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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