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 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 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

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

At the beginning of my career I worked in the group home setting then with clients still in foster care and then clients who have aged out of the system. I have a good understanding of the system and services provided along with the trauma that can go with being removed from parents and placed within the foster care system.

— Nicole Dominguez, Counselor

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 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

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, Social Worker in Garland, TX

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

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