Most children in foster care could benefit from therapy to help them adjust to the losses and changes they are experiencing. It is sometimes up to their foster parents or kinship care providers to advocate that they get these services.
The foster care agency may already have a therapist that they want the child to see or the child may arrive in your home already in therapy. Sometimes, however, foster parents need to be proactive in finding a therapist for their foster child.
Creating a Family has many resources to help you understand what type of therapy is most effective and how to find such a therapist. A few of our most recent resources are here:
- Therapists: Parents Should Be With Their Kids for Adoptive or Foster Therapy Sessions (guest article)
- A Guide to Selecting An Adoption or Foster Therapist (guest article)
- A Birth Parent’s Impact on Adoptee Development (guest article)
Because there is so much overlap in therapy information between foster parenting and adoptive parenting, you can also check out the Resource Page for Adoption Therapy located in our A-Z Adoption Resources. There are more tools and supports listed there to help you find the right match for a foster child as well as an adopted child.
Scroll to the very bottom of this page and use the icons to see resources on therapy for children in foster or kinship care in the form of blogs, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets, and expert Q & A’s.