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Helping Your Child Cope in a New Family Setting 
 
by Jami Cameron October 03, 2005

I think I am doing the right thing, but it’s not working.

Many children brought into new living situations adapt quite well, but there are some that may need some additional help.

Keep a close eye on your child and look for any signs of:

  • Grief/Depression – your child is constantly moping around, not eating, not talking, not hanging out with friends, often crying, constantly questioning why they have to be in the new family, etc.
  • Anger - your child is displaying his/her anger very openly by talking back, refusing to acknowledge the new family situation or new family members, yelling, screaming or is physically acting out.
  • Participating in risk behaviors – if your child is older, watch for any signs of drug use, sexual relations, smoking, etc. If you find your child is participating in one or more of the above behaviors, that is a sure sign that they are unable to cope with the current family situation without help.
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