Lynn Owens

Lynn Owens is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate at Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center. He specializes in treating children and teens who have experienced significant trauma. He and his wife Jennie have parented over 100 children in group care, residential care and foster care. They are the proud parents of three amazing children who were adopted from foster care.

Helping keep anxious children calm

All kids get anxious during the holidays and our adopted and foster kids will regress in their functioning during this time. Parents who notice this regression can use it as an opportunity to help. In part 1 we discussion using Validation and Empathy as tools to reduce anxiety and improve…

It’s not you, it’s me

Parents of adopted and foster kids often feel like they must be doing something wrong since they are not able to make their children behave during the holidays. In this episode we hope that parents will understand that "it's not you, it's them." Although we will be learning interventions to…

Teen Suicide

There was a tragic incident in West Richland this past weekend where a 13-year-old boy took his own life. Teen Suicide is the third leading cause of death of teens in the USA. This is such a difficult time for many teens that they choose the only way out they see to…

Compromise & Control

This article from our friends over at Empowered to Connect stretched my thinking about control issues in adopted and foster children. I encourage you to read it. When people hear our kids ask, “May I have a compromise?” they tend to look at us a bit funny. They seem completely…