Foster children, parents and those who in the area of foster-care are really close to the hearts of us here in Sugru.
Did you know that our co-founder, Arlene Naughten, is a foster-parent?
Because of Arlene’s experience, we know first-hand the subtle intricacies involved in sharing and blending family dynamics – it’s not always easy. However difficult this may be, the child is ALWAYS at the heart of our efforts and on a very basic and moral level, we as adults have a responsibility to ensure that we are protecting our children from potentially traumatic experiences. As a result of the plethora of experience and knowledge Sugru has acquired from those in the system, as well as from our good friends over at Irish Care Leavers Network, we offer a range of services to support those involved in the Irish Care System:
Therapy for children in care:
No matter what the circumstances, it can be incredibly difficult for children of any age to be separated from their birth parents, and this can have a huge effect on their wellness. Socialization and emotional expression are typical areas of difficulty for children in care but can be helped with a trusted child-centered psychologist. In our friendly therapeutic spaces in Galway, Athlone and Dublin, children learn to focus on empowerment, through exploring their world. We offer age-appropriate therapies for children and teenagers to help them deal with common identity, self-esteem, anxiety, relationship and communication issues.
In response to the growing need of parents to pinpoint what they can do to facilitate their children’s development, we offer one-hour sessions for parents to meet with one of our psychologists in order to discuss the specific issues they require support with – in person, on the phone or via Skype. Some parents need help ironing out a number of small issues, while other parents struggle to cope and require advice and support during times of real need. We recognise that being a parent in modern times comes with a whole host of issues and we have found that parents feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of expert “advice” out there, on the internet and in books. We talk through issues and bring the parent’s values into consideration and, as such, seek to leave behind the “one size fits all” model.
When families are blended, issues do arise around what each member believes is in the best interest of the child or children. Parents themselves may need extra support, children may need individual or group therapy, while adults may also require couples counseling. Our family interventions are situation-specific because we know how unique each family is, with all the different varieties of personalities, beliefs, attitudes and values involved. We design a therapeutic plan in line with the needs of every member of the family so the group can grow holistically with one another.
Therapy for care leavers:
When children in care reach the age of eighteen, the amount of supports available significantly decreases. This is at the exact time when we all need that extra support as we try to find our feet in a whole new transition – becoming an independent adult. This is a key phase when we rely on our social supports but, for care leavers, these supports are often shaky and uncertain. We provide a reliable safety-net for new adults leaving the care system to explore their selves, process their pasts and help plan their futures. Using an existential approach, we provide a committed service whereby the needs of our clients are our number one priority and we facilitate their development from a place of compassion and empathy.
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For more information on our services or to make an inquiry, please do not hesitate to give us a buzz on 09064-99144 or drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org