While I have not experienced these feelings first hand, I have had the opportunity to work with children who have been able to express what it's like. What's strange is that many children have been prompted to share their feelings about this by a common nightmare. It starts with them being around their family when one by one their members begin to disappear. The ground begins to shake. Next they feel the ground underneath them give way and they begin to fall. The chasm is deep and dark with no bottom in sight. The falling lasts for what feels like an eternity. They begin to scream in desperation for it to end. The panic ultimately wakes the child up startled and confused. The first thing the child looks for; the ground.
How to Stop the Nightmares..
The faster a child is brought in by a family that loves and supports them as their own, the quicker a child will gain security and be able to overcome personal trauma. I have worked with some incredible individuals in emergency foster care, but the truth is, our impact could never compare to a foster families inclusion. In emergency care, our connection is limited by multiple staff, large resident populations and simple personal boundary rules. Emergency foster care is a temporary placement and children know it. What foster children need is solid ground. What they need is a family like yours!