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

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
 

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

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 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

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 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 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 several years of experience as a foster care worker, foster care supervisor, and therapist to children in the foster care system. I am knowledgeable regarding the unique set of issues associated with being in the system. I regularly treat children with trauma associated with being in care, as well as the trauma associated with their lives pre-foster care.

— Ericka Jobe, Social Worker in Wichita, KS

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 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 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
 

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