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 worked in many different capacities in the foster care field; office manager, case manager, trainer/recruiter, and always an advocate. The foster parents I most connected with are the ones that help solidify that becoming a counselor was my next step, and most importantly all of the children I worked for. I have worked with a lot in foster care, from failed reunifications to failed adoptions- and yes the best things in the world are good reunifications and perfectly matched adoptions.

— Tifarah Canion, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Braunfels, 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 Master of Social Work in Plano, TX
 

Children and teens who come into foster care carry extreme trauma, attachment wounds, and have experienced great loss. I help prepare families for adoption, foster families to provide safe spaces for their the children and teens in their care, and for kids and teens to prepare for adoption, reunification, and/or independent living.

— Emma Rady, Counselor in , MD

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 Master of Social Work in Plano, TX

I have worked in the field of foster care for over 7 years with families who are fostering. Having a therapist with this unique understanding of the field is really powerful if you are fostering yourself or if you have been involved in the foster care system. There are many nuances in understanding the court system/process and all the unknowns and unexpected challenges that come with being involved in the foster care system. I can provide insight, education, and emotional support.

— Kaitlyn Nelson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carlsbad, CA
 

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 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
 

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

As a former MA DCF Social Worker, I am familiar with the foster care system from the perspective of parents who have had their children removed, as well as, that of foster parents who are providing safe and caring homes while awaiting reunification. I spent many hours with children who were placed in foster care, helping them to manage the extreme range of emotions that comes with this traumatic experience. I am confident with my background, I can be a support to you now.

— Kimberly Fitzgerald, Clinical Social Worker in Brewster, MA
 

I have spent 20 years working with children, youth and families navigating the foster care system including loss of relationship with birth families, comfort associated with adoption and putting the puzzle pieces together. If you have been in, are in or are a family involved in the foster care system, I am here to help you find your voice, figure out your story and make sense of all the pieces.

— Doreen Foley, Counselor

I have completed Training and Adoption Competency (TAC) training. C.A.S.E. created the TAC to build and strengthen adoption competency in mental health communities across the United States. The TAC is designed to increase families’ and individuals’ access to adoption competent mental health professionals and to improve the well-being of adopted children and youth and their families.

— Nicole Murdock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clayton, MO