Foster children, like all other children, have their own behaviours relating to their age, experiences, and development. Children who need to be looked after by foster carers have the added difficulty of separation from their families, friends, homes, and pets. They may also be learning to deal with painful experiences.
Some children cannot express their complex feelings, and may present behaviours which are destructive, such as lying, stealing or self-harm. A foster child may have difficulties in sleeping, eating disorders or being withdrawn. Whatever the behaviour, with the right carer and the support of a professional team, great improvements can be made with many children.