Children aged one to three are a blur of energy and excitement. Foster children in this age range are no different, but may require extra emotional support as they adapt to a new home. Foster families of toddlers find it is a challenging but rewarding experience. More than anything, toddlers in care need the stability that a loving home provides: plenty of affection and support, as well as gentle and consistent discipline. At this age, a foster family is in a unique position to work with the birth family and help the birth parents shape the values and behaviors that will define the child as an adult. It is a great responsibility, but one with many rewards.
Foster families who feel they are in a position to provide care to a toddler do not have to “go it alone.” There are many resources available, including respite care which relieves the foster family for a few hours or even a few days if and when they would like to take a break.