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 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 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
 

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

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 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
 

I have worked within the child welfare system for over 10 years supporting families. Within the context of this time I have worked with traumatized youth and caregivers. I am rosters in Child Parent Psychotherapy, certified in the Nurturing Parenting Program, and formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Mary Adamczyk, Counselor in Skokie, IL

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
 

I have completed Training and Adoption Competency (TAC) training. C.A.S.E. created the TAC to build and strengthen adoption competency in mental health communities across the United States. The TAC is designed to increase families’ and individuals’ access to adoption competent mental health professionals and to improve the well-being of adopted children and youth and their families.

— Nicole Murdock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clayton, MO

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
 

I have been a foster parent for 8 years and I am now the director of a foster care agency, I have insight to the unique feelings and situations that foster parents are going through.

— Tommy Delbridge, Clinical Social Worker