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about leaving the substitute caregiver

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Corrie Callaghan
02-05-2019 (5:56pm)
As a foster parent and clinical social worker, I'd suggest adding language requiring a mutually agreed upon visitation schedule for children (especially young children) who are leaving substitute caregivers they have lived with for a significant amount of time (6+ months) to minimize the trauma involved with disrupting this attachment. It is not healthy for very young children who have been in care for a long time and now understand their substitute caregivers to be their parents to suddenly have no contact with them, and depending on the child's age and developmental ability, there is no way to adequately prepare them for that. Some ongoing visits with substitute caregivers would prevent these children from feeling abandoned by the caregivers they are attached to after reunification or moving to kinship.
1 Disagree with this
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