Are we asking the right questions? Continued

Do kids in the child welfare system get more than their basic needs met while in professional care?

What is considered as a basic need? Is it food and shelter?

What about psychological needs, education, and feeling a sense of connection?

When typed into google “the first and most basic of all needs are those to do with physical survival. This is the need for food, water, shelter, and oxygen”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs speaks to more than our physiological basic needs.

Is this model used with children in care?

How do professionals working with children maintain boundaries and still provide nurturing care for developing minds?

Are staff properly trained on how to provide more than the physiological basic needs to children who are in the welfare system?

What are the boundaries when it comes to working with children in care?

Are we able to scrap the boundaries and focus on the developmental/psychological needs of a child?

Are we talking about the importance of nurturing a developing mind?

Child development is complex. Our ideologies, beliefs, trust levels, self-esteem as adults are very much affected by our childhood.

Children in care are coming from various circumstances. Should we be talking about their past and how do we help them navigate their futures?

What does it look like when a child is not getting his/her psychological needs met?

What are the effects of growing up in the child welfare system?

Seeking out how to best care for our young people is important! They are the future.

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