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 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 Master of Social Work in Plano, TX
 

I worked in many different capacities in the foster care field; office manager, case manager, trainer/recruiter, and always an advocate. The foster parents I most connected with are the ones that help solidify that becoming a counselor was my next step, and most importantly all of the children I worked for. I have worked with a lot in foster care, from failed reunifications to failed adoptions- and yes the best things in the world are good reunifications and perfectly matched adoptions.

— Tifarah Canion, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Braunfels, TX

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 Master of Social Work in Plano, TX
 

Children and teens who come into foster care carry extreme trauma, attachment wounds, and have experienced great loss. I help prepare families for adoption, foster families to provide safe spaces for their the children and teens in their care, and for kids and teens to prepare for adoption, reunification, and/or independent living.

— Emma Rady, Counselor in , MD

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 spent 20 years working with children, youth and families navigating the foster care system including loss of relationship with birth families, comfort associated with adoption and putting the puzzle pieces together. If you have been in, are in or are a family involved in the foster care system, I am here to help you find your voice, figure out your story and make sense of all the pieces.

— Doreen Foley, Counselor

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
 

Feeling alone and like no one understands is so isolating and hard. Focusing on internal coping skills and developing a personal foundation is impactful and critical for a child, youth, or parent with a wavering family support system.

— Angela Curtis, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

I have 13 years working as a therapist in the therapeutic foster care system and was a therapeutic foster mom for over 23 years . As a result, I have 9 children through brith and adoption. For over 10 years, I trained therapists nation wide to work with children and families dealing with attachment issues as a result of foster care and adoption experiences.

— Paula Mercer, Social Worker in Hot Springs, AR
 

Foster Care can be challenging, whether you are a child/teen in foster care, a foster parent, or a biological parent navigating the system. I am here to assist you in exploring the challenges that come with being involved with the foster care system. I will work with you to create treatment plan goals and utilize therapeutic interventions that will help alleviate symptoms related to the stress of the foster care system.

— Melissa Watts, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mentor, OH

As a former MA DCF Social Worker, I am familiar with the foster care system from the perspective of parents who have had their children removed, as well as, that of foster parents who are providing safe and caring homes while awaiting reunification. I spent many hours with children who were placed in foster care, helping them to manage the extreme range of emotions that comes with this traumatic experience. I am confident with my background, I can be a support to you now.

— Kimberly Fitzgerald, Clinical Social Worker in Brewster, MA
 

I have worked with many families involved with DCFS and the foster care system and can walk alongside you and your child in navigating issues to reach greater understanding and strengthen the relationship with your child.

— Karena Lee, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in South Pasadena, CA