Foster Care Issues

At any given moment, there are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. The foster care system was created to protect children from unsafe home environments. Foster care can be the best option for many children, and often leads to positive outcomes. However, thousands of other children placed in foster may experience trauma or other challenges – such as multiple placements, neglectful or abusive foster families, court battles, and an ongoing state of uncertainty. Therapists specializing in foster care can be a huge help with the unique issues facing foster children and their families. If you or a child in your care are struggling with issues related to foster care, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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I have training and experience in trauma-informed care along with TBRI (trust-based relational intervention) to help transform the way you're connected to your foster kids and how they're connected to you. I am EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trained and experienced in identifying the negative core beliefs that are lingering from the trauma that being in foster care can leave on a child.

— Claudia Mattox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Magnolia, TX

I have worked in different faucets of the child welfare system for over ten years. I understand the in's and out's of the foster care system and the hardships faced by adolescents and adults who have lived through it.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA
 

I have worked with all aspects of foster care, including foster children, parents of children in foster care and foster parents. I understand the complexities of foster care and the issues surrounding separation, abuse, trauma and adjustment. Adults who were in foster care as children often struggle with the impact that foster care has had on their lives. Understanding trauma and the effects of family disruption is key to providing therapy.

— Lauren Butcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garland, TX

I have worked with foster care related issues in various arenas including crisis intervention and treatment. I have had the privilege of working with some incredible children and youth who have experienced horrific tragedy to a degree of which many will not experience even in an entire lifetime. I have also presented on foster care related topics.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA
 

I have worked with all aspects of foster care, including foster children, parents of children in foster care and foster parents. I understand the complexities of foster care and the issues surrounding separation, abuse, trauma and adjustment. Adults who were in foster care as children often struggle with the impact that foster care has had on their lives. Understanding trauma and the effects of family disruption is key to providing therapy.

— Lauren Butcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garland, TX
 

Foster parenting is more than caring. You must be able to de-code each child's needs and experiences. Better understanding is needed to zero in on that child's outlook so you can guide them from that point. The foster care experience shapes a person all their life. Processing earlier events as an adult may help you understand the impact of those events without them defining your whole life.

— Don Zablosky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

Having experience working as a contractor and supervisor for Child Welfare has provided me with an insight, empathy, and passion that those outside of the system do not often possess.

— J'aime Allbee (Roche), Associate Clinical Social Worker
 

Foster care/Adopting can be one of the most beautiful experiences you and your family go through together. Whether your family is thinking about FC/adoption or you already have and are having a hard time with attachment and behaviors I would be honored to help you explore this together. Using Karen Purvis' TBRI model you can build very strong attachments with children in blended families especially with kiddos coming from extremely difficult situations.

— Charlie Luther, Associate Professional Counselor in Buford, GA

As a foster parent myself, I know first-hand that foster and kinship parents can often feel isolated in their role. This caregiver role is different than any other and I believe that support and resources are extremely important to feel seen, known, and heard. My goal is to provide hope and reassurance that you are not alone.

— Ally Monarch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I have several years of experience as a foster care worker, foster care supervisor, and therapist to children in the foster care system. I am knowledgeable regarding the unique set of issues associated with being in the system. I regularly treat children with trauma associated with being in care, as well as the trauma associated with their lives pre-foster care.

— Ericka Jobe, Social Worker in Wichita, KS

I have worked in the foster care system for over 10 years and have worked closely with the Foster families, case managers, as well as the kids on how to help each keep the child safe but also help the child be happy with the setting that has been put in place to keep them secure and safe. I like including everyone in the process so that everybody can be on one accord and happy.

— Kelci Ellis, Associate Professional Counselor in Arlington, TX
 

I value community service through my volunteerism. As a mentor in a ministry for adults with special needs, I participate in a weekly dinner which provides a place for community and socializing. I have enjoyed my role as a facilitator of outdoor education team building activities in an annual camp for children in the foster care system. The camp provided a safe place for teens to have fun and process their story.

— Christine Murphy, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hoffman Estates, IL

I have worked in the field of foster care for over 7 years with families who are fostering. Having a therapist with this unique understanding of the field is really powerful if you are fostering yourself or if you have been involved in the foster care system. There are many nuances in understanding the court system/process and all the unknowns and unexpected challenges that come with being involved in the foster care system. I can provide insight, education, and emotional support.

— Kaitlyn Nelson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carlsbad, CA
 

I have been working with foster children and families for the past five years. In that time I have learned about the foster care system and understand the stressors that are associated with foster care. I have worked with foster children, foster parents, kinship parents and biological parents. Foster care is often a result of abuse, neglect or other traumatic events and is closely connected to attachment issues. I have experience and specialized training in all of these areas.

— Beth Bickel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wynnewood, PA

3+ years working with youth and foster families in treatment foster care to address full range of emotional and behavioral struggles, as well as working to reunite youth with biological family when appropriate or prepare for adoption

— Lesley Shiver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Maryville, TN