POSTED APRIL 2, 2018, BY THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION
The families of foster parents and kinship caregivers who participated in trainings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation about managing childhood trauma experienced greater placement stability, according to two recent evaluations by Child Trends, a nonprofit research center. The two training programs assessed — Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care (TST-FC) and ARC Reflections — are “promising approaches for integrating trauma-informed care into child welfare systems,” according to researchers.
“The evaluations of TST-FC and ARC Reflections show that these training curricula can increase the safety, permanence and well-being of kids in foster care,” says Tracey Feild, director of the Casey Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group. “The curricula are important tools that public child welfare agencies can use today to provide foster parents with the knowledge and skills needed to support children healing from trauma.”
Facilitators lead caregivers through role playing, hands-on exercises and conversations aimed to connect a young person’s life experience with his or her behavior. The curriculum includes detailed facilitator guides, training presentations, handouts and a foster parent resource guide.
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