In this course, you can expect to learn:
- Information about ambiguous loss and complicated grief
- Unique challenges children and youth in care may face through the grieving process
- The ways grief and trauma can manifest in a child or youth's behaviors
- Strategies children and youth can use to cope with ambiguous loss and/or grief
Watch the following video "Best Practices for Grief: Foster Care Placement." This video is a part of a series examining grief and loss experiences of children and teens, and was selected because of its valuable introduction to the grief children and youth may experience due to being part of the foster care system.
The effects of grief that children and youth in foster care experience vary based on their developmental age. Review the following article published by Fostering Perspectives, "The Effects of Grief and Loss on Children in Foster Care" to learn what grief signs to be aware of for all children and youth.
Review the following article "Ambiguous Loss Haunts Foster and Adopted Children" to learn about the inevitable loss a child or youth experiences during their foster care (sometimes repeatedly) and how incredibly difficult this type of grief is to process.
Gregory Manning discusses the difference between a traditional and non-traditional loss and how the profound loss and trauma a child or young person in foster care may experience manifests and impacts their behaviors in the following video "Grief and Loss for Youth in Foster Care & Adoption."
Watch Matthew's video which reflects the trauma, grief, and loss he dealt with throughout his foster care experience.
Review "What Young People Can Do: Healing From Loss," a simple form to help guide and validate a young person healing from loss.
Share the "Bill of Rights for Grieving Youth in Foster Care" tool with your child. These rights reflect the values, dreams, and aspirations of current and former foster youth suffering from tremendous loss and can be helpful to a grieving young person and/or a young person who has not yet begun the grieving process.
Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
How can you help young people in your care suffering from grief and loss?