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What is Foster Care?: For Kids (What is? Series)

Jeanette Yoffe, MA, LMFT
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May 11, 2022
Ingram Spark
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Beautifully illustrated, this work provides an honest look and deeper understanding of how the foster care process works and the feelings that many children have about being removed from their families of origin, and being placed into foster care.


There are brief references to real reasons why a family can't stay together such as a parent not being able to provide food and shelter, addiction, incarceration and being too young to parent a child.


What is Foster Care? is written in simple terms it aims to inspire an honest conversation about the realities of how foster families are formed today. This book is authored by a licensed psychotherapist, who was also raised in foster care system and who's firsthand experience provides a special insight into the complex feelings for all involved. The book provides support to foster and adoptive parents, foster care and adoption social workers, as well as mental health workers. The story helps ease understanding of the foster care experience, and educates the reader about dealing with issues around grief and loss and the importance of belonging to a home called “family”.


"The most important thing to remember is that children can not be left alone. In fact, it is against the law to leave a child alone, uncared for or unprotected. Every child deserves and needs a safe home, a loving parent and a good education."



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Yoffe Therapy

Jeanette Yoffe, MA in Clinical Psychology, MFT, treats children with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and/or multiple placements. Jeanette has specialized for the past 20 years in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development. She is the Clinical Director of Yoffe Therapy Inc., a mental health center in Los Angeles providing services to families, children, teens and adults connected by foster care and adoption.

Jeanette’s desire to become a child therapist with a special focus on adoption and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system. Her personal experience has informed her education and provided insight into the unique stresses involved with these issues.

Jeanette is frequently asked to speak on panels to prospective adoptive parents and social workers and is a Court Appointed Reunification Expert for Los Angeles Superior Court in cases involving children at risk for separation.

In 2019, she published a one-woman show she performed back in 2000 titled, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?”, now available on Amazon and Audible, and in 2021, she published her first set of children’s books What is Adoption? and What is Foster Care? in English and Spanish.

Jeanette has a YouTube Channel named “Jeanette-ically Speaking” About Adoption, Foster Care and Mental Health, which has multiple videos related to adoption, foster care, mental health, trauma informed best practice, foster care-adoption competency trainings, parenting tips, children’s mental health videos. The Hand Model of the Brain for Kids video has more than 200,000 views.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jeanette Yoffe is the founder and executive director of Yoffe Therapy, Inc and Celia Center, Inc. She receives royalties as a published author. Jeanette Yoffe receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jeanette Yoffe is a member of the Foster Care Alumni of America, the American Adoption Congress, the Concerned United Birthparents, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.


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