Every Child
7/21/15 at 04:20 PM 0 Comments

Podcast: Jayne Schooler

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Realistic expectations are essential for any parent embarking on an adoption or foster care journey. While some might have an almost romantic notion of “rescuing” a child in need, what’s at play is so much more complex. Children who enter these homes with histories of abuse, neglect, and trauma have specific needs and may respond to foster and adoptive parents in unexpected ways that can challenge even the most well-intentioned.

Jayne Schooler and her husband, David, are staff members with Back2Back Ministries, an international Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. The Schoolers travel to various international ministry sites, training ministry workers and child welfare professionals on how to care for children who have experienced trauma and loss.

“Children who come from abusive environments don’t have a voice,” said Jayne. “They often learn to express their needs through their behavior. Sometimes that behavior looks like manipulation, aggression, or control. But if we understood the meaning behind the behavior, we would deal with it differently.”

Jayne has authored or co-authored seven books including her newest, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents. She spoke with Kris Faasse, Bethany Christian Service’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, about helping parents set appropriate expectations and provide healing for the wounded children in their care. Listen here.

Bethany's Every Child audio podcast engages leading voices from ministries, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the arts to discuss issues relevant to children and families. Topics often include child welfare, family preservation, social justice, and culturally appropriate social services in developing countries.

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