You may have noticed on our blog that we often refer to adopted and foster children as “children from hard places.” This term was coined by Dr. Karyn Purvis, and you can watch her explain it in a video on our site http://raisingmom.ca/children-hard-places/ . Any child who has experienced any number of adverse circumstances or risk factors could be described as a child from a hard place. There are 6 risk factors (from Chapter 2 of The Connected Child and Empowered to Connect curriculum) that are
Young, Single, And Adopting: What to do the FIRST night! - hate the idea of checking for bugs/lice but it's a good idea and there are good & tactful ways to do this step discussed in the article. Make sure kids know they're safe. Show them you locking doors/windows etc. Ask about a light at night. I like to call them "mini lamps". Makes kids feel less childish and self conscious about using them.