Your foster child will be like any young person: quiet, active, playful, funny, serious, anxious, shy or self-assured. Some foster kids have brothers and sisters, some go to school, some stay at home, some speak English, some speak Spanish, some have disabilities.
But every foster child will have faced difficult times. A parent may have abandoned the home, or be spending time in jail. Your child may be shaken by neglect or emotional abuse. Sometimes the abuse is physical or sexual. These experiences are painful and confusing for any young person to deal with.
Still, young people are resilient in surprising ways. While no foster child is exactly the same, each one is capable of learning, growing and thriving when there is someone who will listen and give them consistent, genuine care.