Helping foster and adopted children to grieve the loss of birthparents: A case study example
The Family Journal
Working with children and adolescents in the foster care system whose biological parents’ parental rights have been, or are soon to be, terminated can present numerous challenges for counselors. Children in these situations often struggle with identification of conflicting feelings, grief resulting from the absence of the parent/parents, and reorientation to life in a new family. In this article, a case from the author’s clinical experience is presented and related to the stages of grief suggested by Kübler-Ross and to Worden’s tasks of mourning. Practical applications and interventions are considered.
Counselor Education | Education
Kerrie R. Fineran (2012).
Helping foster and adopted children to grieve the loss of birthparents: A case study example. The Family Journal.20 (4), 365-371.