fostering community program
The Fostering Community Program is dedicated to helping minimize transitions and supporting foster children so they can prepare for a successful future. In addition to treating each child's mental health challenges, we help families develop secure attachments to help stabilize the child's mental health. TruTherapy clinicians focus on relationship-based, trauma-informed care. They use evidence-based practices, along with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP), and Positive Discipline. Fostering Community's comprehensive services include:
Mental Health Assessments
TruTherapy mental health assessments are conducted by a member of our clinical team to identify a child’s emotional and mental health needs. Clinicians integrate data received from other professional sources with information gathered through play, art or conversational sessions with the child. These assessments occur for all children receiving mental health services at TruTherapy.
Individual therapy is used with children and adults who require a person outside of their family to help them explore emotional challenges. Some school-age children and teenagers, who are developmentally in a place of separation and individuation, often benefit from support. Personal, confidential sessions with a TruTherapy professional clinician offer a child, teen or adult a chance to understand, adapt, modify and integrate new skills and tools to support them in their daily lives.
Family therapy, involving appropriate biological, adoptive or foster family members is the treatment of choice for young children and children with attachment challenges. By learning from and sharing approaches with participating family members, our goal is to help the child integrate in a healthy way, and eventually improve behavior and emotional concerns while building a familial support network.
Sibling Group Therapy
Sibling group therapy is often helpful for siblings who are living together or in separate homes. Facilitated small group sessions enable children to talk about past trauma, loss, and hardships experienced together and to develop and reinforce positive future interactions. Our focus is to help children learn positive new sibling roles and develop healthier family relationships.
School-based therapy helps children and teens overcome behavioral, emotional or social challenges that interfere with success at school and home. A Therapist will go to the client's school to work with them to reduce disruptive behavior and improve self-monitoring skills. Integrated as members of the school team, we can serve the client in a familiar setting, offering minimal interruption to their school day.
Prospective Adoptive Parents
Parents may seek to consult with a TruTherapy clinician about the joys and struggles they may face when adopting a child. While many transitions progress smoothly, questions and challenges about adoptions may arise at any point. Sharing and learning through responsive and experienced counsel is encouraged.
Post-Adoptive Counseling for Families
Post-adoptive counseling is available for families who have adopted from the foster care system or through private adoptions, both domestic and international. Families may need additional support immediately after an adoption or many years later. Our clinicians provide counseling and support to adoptive families experiencing a wide variety of challenges.
Transition Planning and Support Services
TruTherapy therapists provide consultation and support before, during, and after transitions as children move into permanent placements with biological, foster, and/or adoptive families. Transition planning and support services are tailored to each individual family’s needs and circumstances.
Medication Evaluation & Management
At times, some children benefit greatly from medication that targets specific behaviors, emotional disorders or physiological imbalances.