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

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
 

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 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 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 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 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
 

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

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
 

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

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 Maryville, TN

I have worked within the child welfare system for over 10 years supporting families. Within the context of this time I have worked with traumatized youth and caregivers. I am rosters in Child Parent Psychotherapy, certified in the Nurturing Parenting Program, and formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Mary Adamczyk, Counselor in Skokie, IL
 

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