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

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
 

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

We are a program of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services, a group home for foster youth. We assist these youth with healing from their unique needs and challenges. We offer these same services to the foster families of our community and surrounding areas. We provide face-to-face, intensive trauma-informed parenting training for foster parents, and to biological parents who are working toward reunifying their families.

— Tracey Bratton, Clinical Social Worker in Monticello, AR
 

I have worked with many families involved with DCFS and the foster care system and can walk alongside you and your child in navigating issues to reach greater understanding and strengthen the relationship with your child.

— Karena Lee, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

I have been a foster parent for 8 years and I am now the director of a foster care agency, I have insight to the unique feelings and situations that foster parents are going through.

— Tommy Delbridge, Clinical Social Worker

I previously worked in foster care and have a deep understanding of the trauma foster children experience, attachment issues they face and the impact their behaviors have on foster families caring for them.

— Corie Rodeman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crystal Lake, IL
 

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

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
 

I have 13 years working as a therapist in the therapeutic foster care system and was a therapeutic foster mom for over 23 years . As a result, I have 9 children through brith and adoption. For over 10 years, I trained therapists nation wide to work with children and families dealing with attachment issues as a result of foster care and adoption experiences.

— Paula Mercer, Social Worker in Hot Springs, AR

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
 

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