The Center for Family & Crisis Counseling provides counseling and coaching services to individuals, couples, and families contemplating becoming a foster family.
We help couples as they prepare to welcome into their home, and care for, children who have been abused or neglected. Likewise, assistance is available for each individual within the family unit as they adjust to the unique changes and challenges associated with fostering.
A large majority of the individuals we work with refer to the decision(s) to foster and/or adopt as a “calling.” Although they recognize their ability to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing home, as well as have chosen to fill the responsibility of role model and care taker, foster parents are often confronted with an increased risk of dissolution and frustrations as they care for a foster child or children (especially when accepting siblings) who have a complex series of issues such as:
- History of abuse and/or neglect
- Adjustment difficulties
- Trust issues
- Low self-esteem
- Attachment issues
- Challenging behaviors
- Childhood disorders
- Medical issues
- Special needs
Adopted children whose placements have failed and are returned to the foster care system are at an even higher risk of self-esteem, trust, attachment, and health (including physical and mental health) issues.
The unique challenges foster families face extend beyond those of biological families. In addition to care taking for a child/children with a history of abuse and/or neglect, foster parents are tasked with being a healthy role model for both their foster child/children and the biological parent(s) working towards reunification with their child/children. This, as well as the array of uncertainties fostering brings, can create increased stress on the family.
Utilizing the strength based Prepare/Enrich assessment and approaching counseling from a resiliency-based model, we will help you:
- Recognize the various strengths and resiliencies you have to support your children
- Improve communication skills in an effort to promote open communication, understanding, empathy, and relational stability
- Gain additional parenting and life skills training to foster healthy parent-child relationships
- Identify (emotional, behavioral, mental health) issues resulting from abuse, trauma, and/or neglect
- Develop realistic expectations, generate alternative approaches to challenges being faced, create strategies to help your child/children thrive, and work towards improving skills that will foster increased unity within the family unit.
If you are contemplating answering the “calling” of fostering or are a foster family currently in need of assistance, The Center for Family & Crisis Counseling is here to assist you.