"When I was 12, my parents became part of the Maryland foster care system. Over many years, we took care of a total of 6 boys who had been placed in foster care. Some had suffered from physical and sexual abuse, others from neglect. Often, their parents struggled with mental health and substance use disorders. The traumas my siblings had experienced had clear impacts on their immediate mental and physical health. What we did not know was that these adverse experiences could also have negative repercussions on their health as adults."
This is an excerpt of an essay by pediatrician Amanda Jichlinski that appeared in Pediatrics. To read on, please click here: