The Connected Family: Understanding the Adoptive and Foster Family Dynamic

Daren Jones, LMSW, and Jana Hunsley

The emotional needs of one family member affect every member in the family. This is true in all family systems, especially foster and adoptive family systems. The trauma-related needs of children who have experienced early-life trauma can affect each of the other members of the family. Understanding how these trauma-related needs may affect each member of the family can lead to the creation of a more connected and healthy family.