This week’s Take Five features Peggy Corra, a counselor whose work in child welfare makes her a passionate supporter of people who are called to parent the world’s most broken children. She received an M.A. in Community Counseling from Bradley University, is married to her college sweetheart and they share two grown sons and three grandchildren. Her unique insight into parenting kids from hard places was a game-changer in how I parent my own kids and I so desperately wanted to package her wisdom and share it with anyone in the trenches of the foster or adoptive journey. Here she shares some creative ideas for the most frustrating child, why love isn’t always enough and what to do if your child is falling through the cracks in school.
1. A lot of foster and adoptive parents assume that love is enough to heal a child from a hard place. Do you think love is enough? If not, what does it take to heal a child who’s experienced trauma?