Foster Care : A Systemic Relational Approach

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Children and their families that are involved in foster care go through a great deal. It is not only tough on the children, but also the people around them, such as their birth parents, and their foster parents that are caring for them, either temporarily or sometimes permanently. Catherine Lewis discusses the best way to help children and their families in foster care get through their difficulties using an approach that has to do with their relationships with each other, called the systemic-relational approach. Her article is a literature review called, “Providing Therapy to Children and Families in Foster Care: A Systemic-Relational Approach Literature review The article works as a guide for therapists who are helping children in foster care, or families that are involved in foster care (Lewis, 2011). Many children who go through the foster care system have postplacement trauma, so one of the goals of this article is to discuss how to decrease the likelihood or severity of postplacement trauma. Another goal is to strengthen the bonds between the family, and repair their relationships using systemic-relational therapy. Article wants to direct therapists on how to help families that are involved in foster care to succeed (Lewis, 2011). Foster care is supposed to help children by removing them from a harmful environment, but it does have its disadvantages. Foster care takes a toll on children to the point where therapy is provided in an effort to diminish problematic

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