In some cases, the children who are in your care may have come from traumatic or damaging pasts – which can cause mental health challenges, especially in teenagers who are in the foster care system. Recognise the signs of depression in foster children with the help of our detailed guide, while also learning how to support a foster child with depression.
Having been removed or separated from their birth family into the foster care system, foster children are may develop certain mental health challenges that can be triggered by their past. There are many reasons why children may be taken into care, but some of the common reasons include neglect, abandonment or abuse – which can often cause depression or other mental health problems.
However, depression isn’t always easy to identify. The most common warning signs and symptoms of depression in foster children include:
Now you’ve learnt how to recognise the signs of depression, it’s equally as important that you understand how to support a child with depression. As your role as a foster carer, there are many things you can do to support a foster child suffering with mental health – this can include:
As a fostering agency, our primary goal is focussing on creating better outcomes for young people. Finding solutions to achieve better outcomes includes identifying ways to best combat the risk of mental health problems. That’s why we’ve developed our Multi-disciplinary Assessment Treatment & Therapy service (MATTs).
MATTs is a way for a foster child who needs help in resolving mental health problems to access the help by being placed in a home that is supported by a clinical therapeutic team. The fostering parents are trained in therapeutic fostering, have extensive support and training to enhance their skills. This allows for direct therapeutic input for children on their foster placement – making MATTs a highly successful programme. Learn more about how our Multi-disciplinary Assessment Treatment & Therapy service (MATTs) can help foster children with depression.
As a foster carer with Capstone Foster Care, you will be provided with 24 hour support from a member of our expert team. This means that you’re never on your own – and supporting a child with depression is made easier with help from our supportive staff. For more information on mental health in foster children, contact us today for expert advice and support.
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