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.

Meet the specialists

Foster parenting is more than caring. You must be able to de-code each child's needs and experiences. Better understanding is needed to zero in on that child's outlook so you can guide them from that point. The foster care experience shapes a person all their life. Processing earlier events as an adult may help you understand the impact of those events without them defining your whole life.

— Don Zablosky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

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 Knoxville, TN
 

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

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 Knoxville, TN

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.

— Rachel (Rae) Amirian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Agoura Hills, CA