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 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

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
 

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 previously worked in foster care and have a deep understanding of the trauma foster children experience, attachment issues they face and the impact their behaviors have on foster families caring for them.

— Corie Rodeman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crystal Lake, IL
 

I have over 10 years experience working with foster-youth in various roles including therapist, case manager, and residential staff. stages of the foster-care process. I am knowledgeable about the foster-care system, case planning process, and Katie A services. I am knowledgeable about the specific challenges families and youth experience as a result of foster-care and am very experienced in supporting families with the reunification process. I am also trained as an adoption competent therapist.

— Jennifer Canu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ben Lomond, CA

I have over 20 years of experience working in various foster care programs.

— Direne Johnson, Clinical Social Worker in Sibley, LA
 

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

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
 

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 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, Social Worker in Garland, TX
 

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

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