First day advice
I'm hoping there are some foster carers out there who could give me some advice. We have recently been approved for adoption and an opportunity arose around an unusual situation which would have meant that the child (12 months old) would have gone straight from it's mother to us (the prospective adopters) rather than via a foster carer (A foster for adopt). During the interview we were questioned about how we would handle the fact that the probably traumatised child would be handed over to us directly. We talked about comforting the child and playing with them to try to encourage a bond and calm them down but were ultimately rejected in favour of a couple with a child already as we were deemed too vulnerable around the handover.
Other than materialising into Mary Poppins and waving a magic wand over the child to make everything better how do foster carers handle young children who have just been separated from their parent(s), you obviously can't explain the situation to a 12 month old? We'd like to be sure we have a better idea if this ever comes up again.
Many thanks for any suggestions.