Why Self Care is Essential When Supporting Traumatized Children Joanna has been a foster parent for nearly 20 years. She has cared deeply for all of the children who have lived with her and she has done her very best to help them heal and recover. Lately though, she has been feeling bone-tired. There doesn’t seem to be much joy left, it feels like there is always too much to do and nothing that she is doing with the kids …

BUILDING EMPATHY THROUGH READING By Kenzi Dirks, M.A., R.C.C.   “We really emphasize saying sorry,” a concerned foster mother said to me, “when Milo hurts someone we always make him apologize.” “How is that working?” I inquired, genuinely curious. “I don’t think he means it,” she responded. Children who have experienced complex trauma can have increased difficulty in understanding their own emotional experience (https://www.complextrauma.ca/weeping-willow-helping-traumatized-child-find-feelings/).  To empathize—get inside another’s emotional experience—can prove even more challenging. Milo’s parents were very well intentioned …

Inter-Generational Trauma by Fred Chou Sandy was a young adolescent boy that was currently in a foster care placement with two care groups; he was with his grandmother on the weekend in his own reserve and then during the week days he stayed with a foster family in his city.  He presented with behavioral issues; anger and violence which was often directed in the form of self-harming tendencies as well as periodically lashing out at those who cared for him.  …

The ReMoved Films are created with the intent of bringing to light the often unknown subjects of Foster Care and Child Abuse/Neglect. The goal of these films is to be a key tool in raising up and training good foster parents, social workers, court-appointed special advocates, and the many other adults who interact with children in foster care.