Dear A Bit Confused
This may actually be a wonderful thing! Because many of our trauma-impacted children are emotionally and socially delayed, she may have been at a stage of development where being with parents is desirable – it’s cool. Now that she has been in your home and established a sense of felt safety, she may be developing socially and emotionally and has progressed to a stage where she is safe enough to test out her independence and individuality.
Pursue relationship and connection, celebrating that she is moving forward; be present to help her navigate the challenges that come with being a teen and assure her you will keep her safe and meet her needs.
For children and families,