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October 2010Vol. 11, No. 8Grief and Loss for Foster Parents

A new factsheet from the Children's Administration of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is designed to provide foster parents with coping strategies for handling grief and loss. The factsheet explains that grief is a natural response to a loss and that everyone experiences grief at some point in their lives, including foster parents, children in out-of-home care, and parents whose children have been placed in out-of-home care.

The factsheet provides practical information on the following topics:

  • Losses that may cause grief
  • The five stages of grief and how individuals may experience those stages
  • Common symptoms of grief
  • Ways to practice self-care during periods of grief

Download Grief and Loss Coping Strategies for Foster Parents from the Washington State DSHS website: (303 KB)

Additional foster parenting resources from DSHS can also be found on the website: