Therapists Specializing in Adoption & Foster Care in New Jersey
For many children, being placed in foster care and then adopted by a loving family results in a positive outcome. However, for some children, especially those adopted when they are older or from overseas, adjusting to a new family or foster care can be challenging. Such a significant change in circumstances represents a major life transition that can make children more vulnerable to emotional and behavioral difficulties, which can be distressing for both the child and the foster or adoptive family. While these difficulties often settle as the child adjusts to their new circumstances, some children continue to experience significant distress that affects relationships and day-to-day life.
If you are a foster or adoptive parent experiencing challenges or worrying about a child’s wellbeing, it can be helpful to seek the help of a therapist. Depending on the specific challenges you are facing, your therapist might provide family therapy, where all members of your core family unit are involved. Other providers might focus on helping the young person develop more helpful thinking patterns through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or trauma-focussed CBT (if the child is experiencing trauma symptoms). Sand tray therapy can also help children express themselves nonverbally. With the appropriate support, most children are able to adjust to life with their new families, develop supportive relationships, and live rich and fulfilling lives.
Find therapists in New Jersey who specialize in adoption and foster care below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!