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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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 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 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 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

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

People who have been through foster care and/or adopted have often times been through a lot of childhood trauma. Issues can include low self worth, depression and anxiety, abandonment concerns, and trust concerns. I want to help by processing your experience with foster care or adoption, relationship and trust building, and education for parents about the foster care system and typical reactions to being a fostered or adopted child, and help you and your family to feel more connect.

— Rae Amirian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Agoura Hills, 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

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
 

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

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 worked in the Child Welfare system for three years during which I managed cases of children who have been in foster care ranging from 3+ years. I provided therapy for my clients who struggled with depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. I also provided parent guidance for children who were waiting to be adopted and placed in their home.

— Deirdre Jimenez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am adoption competent trained and worked with children and families involved in foster care for over seven years. I understand the extensive attachment trauma and complex traumas that occur in the dependency system and after adoption. I have worked with children and the biological families affected by the dependency system, and the foster families and adoptive families. I also specialize in working with the social workers, case managers and other helping professionals that are in this field.

— Nicole Rainey, Art Therapist in Tallahassee, FL
 

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/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