MyLink to Help Foster Children Who Need Counseling

The counseling "booster session" is easily accessible.

Denalee Chapman April 01, 2015
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Kansas Foster Care system is following Nebraska, West Virginia, and Kentucky in using MyLink, a therapy site for foster children. A grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is providing every foster family with an iPad set up for therapy chat sessions through the online program, MyLink.

There are huge benefits to children who normally would have to travel, sometimes long distances, to get much needed counseling. Although these sessions won’t take the place of regular counseling and therapy, they will act as “boosters” throughout the week on an as-needed basis. Foster parents concerned about the children can log in to MyLink for emergency advice as well.

Therapists are finding that some children open up better when they can sit in a quiet room in their home to talk with a counselor, rather than making the drive and sitting in a cold office. Kids are excited about using an iPad and many enjoy seeing their own faces in the corner of the screen while chatting with a therapist.

There has already been success in the three states currently using the system. Some anecdotal experiences are shared at GovTech.com.

The full story may be read here.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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