A HOME WITHIN

A Home Within is the only national, nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the emotional needs of foster children and youth. There are currently 510,000 children in foster care across the United States. The Florida Psychoanalytic Society has partnered with the Miami chapter of A Home Within to offer pro bono psychotherapy to children in foster care.

A positive connection to a caring adult is vital to the healthy development of every child. A Home Within offers a unique approach to the mental health needs of foster children. Through the simple formula, "One child. One therapist. For as long as it takes", pro bono psychotherapy is offered to current and former foster youth. This simple, yet very powerful guiding principle attracts clinicians who want to give to their communities in a meaningful way. Using a private practice model, children are seen in their therapist's office in weekly psychotherapy, until treatment comes to a natural close. Each therapist takes responsibility for collaborative work with the child or adolescent's caregivers, teachers and social workers, as the need arises.

Volunteer clinicians have access to ongoing education and training, an expanded referral base and a network of colleagues.

Working with A Home Within gives the clinician the opportunity to truly change a foster child's life. Often times, it is the only stable relationship a child will have ever known. Clinicians can feel confident that, because of their work, vulnerable children will receive the care they deserve.

To become a volunteer therapist, to refer a child or for more information contact: Clinical Director, Miami Chapter of A Home Within, (786) 837-6902.