San Antonio advocates want continuity of mental health for children in foster care

When children enter the foster care system, there is inherent trauma in their lives. This trauma can be dealt with in many ways, with therapy being the most common and in Texas it is paid for by the state. But in addition to having to move an average of three to six times a year, foster care advocates say, these children also typically have to switch therapists.

That means they have to tell their story, which often includes abuse, over and over again, said Angela White, president and CEO of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA). “They’ve said it so often to so many different people that [the child] says: I don’t do it anymore.

Switching therapists “doesn’t give them an opportunity to heal” and can retraumatize adopted children, White said.

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