Articles And News

A Salute To Child Welfare Caseworkers

September 4, 2011

This Labor Day weekend I’m reminded that those who shoulder the responsibility for managing the care of foster children get even less attention than those in their care. With state budgets shrinking the burdens on these workers will only increase. When positions are cut, caseloads increase. The Child Welfare League of America recommends that child…

Data Points

August 1, 2011

Too often we hear bad news from the research on foster youth. In striking contrast, the latest research from the Foster Care Research Group,  based at the University of San Francisco that evaluates the programs of A Home Within, demonstrates that the emotional well-being of foster youth seen by our therapists improves substantially over the time…

Up Against The Clock

July 22, 2011

A policy mandating that children coming into foster care may not be held in offices for more than eight hours certainly seems reasonable. These children are scared, confused, and reeling from the process of being removed from their caregivers. We want them to get settled into a comfortable home quickly—someplace where there are adults to…

The Ostrich Problem

June 29, 2011

Most children who enter the child welfare system have been neglected by their parents—some have also suffered physical or sexual abuse—but, by and large, foster children simply have not received the care they need from their parents or other relatives. Their most basic physical needs have not been met and their emotional needs have received…

People Not Programs

June 20, 2011

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, “service providers” in the mental health field were referred to as “psychiatrists,” “social workers,” “psychologists,” or counselors.” These designations gave some indication of the professional education and training of the people in the field. Referrals were made to people, based on their training, interests, and areas…

Why Not Ask The Children

June 6, 2011

Unfortunately, foster children lose once again to politics. Virginia’s State Board of Social Services voted yesterday (washingtonpost.com) to continue its ban on adoptions by gay couples. It’s hard to know how that vote serves the children who are waiting for a loving family. Through no fault of their own, they have no family to return…

Because I Spilled The Milk…

June 1, 2011

That was the reason a clinical psychologist in her thirties gave for her parents’ divorce when she was eight years old. She “knew better.” She was smart and well educated and, as an adult, fully aware that marriages didn’t break up over a glass of spilled milk. But sometimes—maybe when she was having a restless…

Ouch!

May 7, 2011

Rejection hurts. That’s hardly a surprise to anyone who has been shunned by a friend, ostracized from a group, mocked by a co-worker, or been the one left behind at the end of a romantic relationship. The surprise comes from research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrating that social rejection…

Guinness, The Dog

May 1, 2011

We brought Guinness home from the shelter about two years ago. In preparation for his arrival, I bought a gate to put at the head of the stairs from the deck to the yard. I had in mind that he, like our previous dog, would like to be outside, but I didn’t want him to…

We’re 10!

April 18, 2011

On this the tenth day of National Foster Care Month we are launching a celebration of ten years of service to the foster care community. From a small group of therapists working only in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have grown to a network of private practice clinicians working in fifty large and small communities…