Behavioral Intervention Provides Stability to Traumatized Foster Children
Abuse and neglect hurts children physically, emotionally, and psychologically. As a result of the abuse and neglect, children are likely to need help addressing behaviors which threaten the physical safety and emotional well-being of themselves and their families. The trauma they endured can manifest in the forms of aggression, self-harm, and depression. Without the right support, children end up moving in and out of many foster homes and residential treatment centers without the safety and stability needed to heal from their past abuse and neglect.
In-Home, One-On-One Help
Every child deserves to be loved and supported in the context of a safe, loving family – even when stability and permanency is difficult to achieve, because children need healthy attachment to adults. FosterAdopt Connect’s in-home Behavioral Interventionist (BI) program provides intensive one-on-one services within the family home to children who struggle with behavioral and emotional management to the degree that the behaviors threaten the stability of their current placement.
The Behavioral Interventionists work in the home, relieving the caregivers, and working one-on-one with the youth helping provide stability. Services include working on neuro-developmental activities, assisting in re-wiring the neuropathways in the brain, breaking the cycle of children continually living in flight, fight or freeze mode. Direct care staff use role-modeling, coaching, re-direction, to develop self-regulation, de-escalation techniques, and developing independence in daily living activities.