Sometimes she can reach a foster care youth with one of her famous twelve-layer chocolate desserts. Sometimes she’ll get a smile when they see a house decorated for the holidays. And sometimes she will make that connection with a young person by simply turning on a funny movie at the end of a long day and laughing out loud together.
Robyne is a foster parent within Good Shepherd’s Treatment Foster Care program. After 20 years of experience in dealing with youth who have the highest level of need, she says, “There is always more we can do.”
She is drawn to serve females with complex traumas, and they often come to her with seemingly no supports at all. That’s when her training as a retired school teacher and wisdom from serving more than 50 children over the years comes in handy.
“Robyne builds relationships with these youth, modeling healthy relationships, teaching skills, building education and independence, and reuniting them with family or relatives when they’ve completed treatment, says Taylor Lindwedel, PLPC, a family clinician and therapist with Good Shepherd. “Her whole life is dedicated to advocacy and support of youth in care.”
Her outstanding service is why Robyne was recently selected to receive a scholarship to participate in the Family Focused Treatment Association’s annual conference.
“Robyne is recognized as a leader among Treatment Foster Care parents, and a life-long learner. She is a mentor and a role model. We are so thankful to have her as part of the team that walks alongside Good Shepherd to serve youth in our community,” said Lindwedel.
For more information on Good Shepherd’s Treatment Foster Care Program, visit https://goodshepherdstl.org/treatment-foster-care/
Director of Treatment Services