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
 

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 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 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

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
 

As an adoptive mother, former foster parent, former child protection caseworker, former paralegal, and school social worker, I bring many perspectives and areas of expertise to work with individuals involved in the foster care system. I have a concentration in Child Welfare and hundreds of hours of ongoing education in the field. I love to foster parents, foster children and others looking for support from someone who gets it.

— Nicole Nina, Clinical Social Worker in ,

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

One of my focuses over the past 20 years has been working with families (both parents and children) that have been involved with the Child Welfare System, from first involvement through reunification when possible, and through adoption and post adoption when needed.

— Rick Clements, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Blanding, UT

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 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