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 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 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 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 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 Lewisville, TX

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

— Direne Johnson, Clinical Social Worker in Sibley, LA
 

I previoulsy worked as a social worker focused on adolescents experiencing foster care. From working inside the system, I can offer some perspective on what youth in foster care have gone through and how to think about past trauma, current stressors, and future goals.

— Stephanie Grover, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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 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

Working with individuals who have had encounters with the foster care system is definitely close to my heart. I've worked in Childrens shelters, foster homes, group homes, and as a county social worker in addition to being a former foster youth myself. I was always honored to hold space for youth and adults to share their stories and validate their stories. Narrative therapy was used to support support individuals on their path towards healing.

— Johnny Cuestas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA