My hat off to you for taking on this journey with a child who desperately needs it. I feel the social worker assigned to your case could have addressed the issue more sensitively - the last thing your foster child needs is more uncertainty. There are alternatives to Ritalin, should you want to go the medication route, however, these are only to be taken under the guidance of a medical professional who has done a thorough assessment and diagnosed an attention difficulty. Occupational therapy may also assist him with gross and fine motor activities which are often delayed in children who have been neglected in the early years; the occupational therapist may also suggest certain activities to help him calm his body and gain more control over it - this may assist with some of his behavioural problems. An educational psychologist (the social worker should be able to assist you here) could provide a report stating exactly what his difficulties and refer you to the appropriate therapists.
Good luck and best wishes.
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