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Dec/Jan 2006Vol. 6, No. 10Experiences From the Children's Psychotherapy Project

The Children's Psychotherapy Project (CPP) provides pro bono high-quality therapy to children in foster care following the tenet of "one child, one therapist, for as long as it takes." Since its inception in 1993, the CPP has grown from a local to a national program that has helped more than 200 children and adolescents. Now, the stories and experiences of therapists involved with the CPP are available in a book, Building a Home Within: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care.

Each chapter in Building a Home Within is written by a different CPP therapist and focuses on a single child or adolescent and that child's particular issues. The problems faced by children in foster care are wide-ranging; some of the issues addressed in the book include:

  • Neuropsychological effects of foster care
  • Preschool children in foster care
  • Young adults transitioning out of foster care
  • Kinship care
  • Reunification with birth parents
  • Foster children and the educational system
  • Collaboration between public and private forces

The book is written for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and program administrators, as well as for graduate students and anyone interested in foster care. The stories provide compelling reading and may serve as a resource for those who work with children and adolescents in out-of-home care.

Building a Home Within was edited by T. V. Heineman and D. Ehrensaft, two founders of the CPP, and is published by Brookes Publishing. It is available through the website for A Home Within at

Related Item

Children's Bureau Express covered the Children's Psychotherapy Project in "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children: The Children's Psychotherapy Project" (February 2004).