The average age for the children in foster care was 9.7 years. Average length of stay in foster care was 27.2 months. The largest percentage of children (47 percent) were in a nonrelative foster family home. Forty-nine percent had a case goal of reunification. 123,000 were awaiting adoption, down from 132,000 in FY 2007. (Children's Bureau AFCARS report, Fiscal Year 2008)
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Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children - children who have experienced loss. Discipline needs to correct behavior while focusing on keeping a strong connection with your child.
Join Dafna Lender, LCSW, Clinical Director of The Theraplay Institute as she helps adoptive parents: