Presentation to Hertfordshire teachers _ Why do adopted and fostered children struggle?
For some children (especially adopted and fostered) their erratic and challenging behaviour results from their maltreatment or neglect in infancy. These children have difficulties because they experienced severe neglect, repeated abuse, domestic violence or chaos which interrupted and derailed their normal developmental path and brain wiring.
Similar to adult PTSD the legacy of infancy trauma causes them to act in apparently nonsensical ways. Consequently parents and carers feel inadequate and use ineffective parenting and behaviour management strategies.