Hi, I’m Dr. Robin Harwick.
I became a foster parent almost 15 years ago. I quickly learned that I was completely unprepared to skillfully manage the challenging behaviors and special needs of the children entering my care. There was so much I didn't understand.
I wanted to do better!
Fast forward to now - I earned my doctorate in Special Education and have conducted academic research around foster care, substance use disorders, and disabilities. This year, I have focused my attention on learning more about developmental trauma and have altered my approach to working with children and families considerably.
I’ve presented in the U.S., Sweden, and Iceland on issues related to foster care and am published in the School Psychology Forum, Children and Youth Services Review, and International Social Work. Last year, I wrote a young adult novel about aging out of foster care and am currently preparing it for publication.
Like you, I am still learning every day. And I know we can still do better supporting the children and youth in our care! You are likely here because you believe that too?
Let's work together to help children and youth impacted by foster care become their best selves!
Thank you for opening your homes and your hearts!