Supporting Family Connections


Marty Beyer

Marty Beyer

Speaker: Marty Beyer

Marty Beyer is a child welfare and juvenile justice consultant. She assisted Alabama and Oregon in implementing strengths/needs-based child welfare practice and New York City in implementing visit coaching and serves on the Katie A. Panel in Los Angeles. Her child welfare publications include "Too Little, Too Late: Designing Family Support to Succeed,""One Child and Family at a Time: Strengths/Needs-Based Service Crafting," “Visits as a Powerful Child Welfare Service and “Visit Coaching: Building on Family Strengths to Meet Children’s Needs.” Marty is the developer of Visit Coaching and has provided Visit Coaching training in 20 states. Her articles and visit coaching manual are available on her websites and Marty has a Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from Yale University and lives in Oregon.

What does “family” mean to each foster child/youth? “Family” can include blood relationships, past caregivers, and others whom they love.   Family can remain important to a foster child/youth even when communication has dwindled or living situations have resulted in separate housing. The quest for family connections can be an ongoing theme in a therapeutic relationship.

Therapists can support the foster child/youth in clarifying why a person was and is a necessary connection and what they now seek from that relationship. In the context of past trauma and child/adolescent development, they are guided to consider how much the connection is being pursued to replace one lost through death or abandonment, to experience missed parts of childhood, to deepen understanding of continuing anger and sadness, to clarify identity, and/or to struggle with the complexities of forgiveness. Young adults previously involved in foster care must often navigate emotions related to family lost throughout their lives. These complicated feelings and experiences can have lasting effects, including on parenting their own children.

Therapists can play a key role in facilitating beneficial visits between children and their families. Every child with a goal of reunification must have visits with the family. To help promote the most positive visits, a therapist can: advocate for developmentally-appropriate visits, meet with the relative and the caregiver to prepare for visits designed to meet the child’s needs, and support the child before and after visits.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the importance of family with whom there may not have not been recent contact.
  2. Identifying interventions to help foster children/youth consider what they hope for from a family connection
  3. Consider the therapist’s role in supporting quality visits between children and their families.
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