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

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 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 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

Having previously worked with foster care agencies, I continue to enjoy providing therapy services to biological, foster and adoptive families. It is important for all parties to recognize doing what is best for the child is most important, as is everyone working in the same direction. This approach improves success for the family and child.

— Natasha Walker, Therapist in Wichita, KS
 

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

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

— Direne Johnson, Clinical Social Worker in Sibley, LA
 

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 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
 

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

As a foster parent and former Treatment Director for a foster care agency, I understand the challenges that come with being a foster parent. I have also worked with foster kiddos both in my home and professionally. Foster Care is a unique system with many challenges.

— Shannon McElroy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntsville,, AL
 

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