WASHINGTON – Trauma-Informed Parenting Skills for Resource Parents, a new intervention program, might be an answer to addressing trauma symptoms in foster homes, according to a presentation at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Rates of trauma exposure range from 80% to 93% in child welfare populations. In light of those statistics, foster parents are left to deal with the effects of traumatic stress symptoms without proper preparation or tools. Trauma-Informed Parenting Skills for Resource Parents targets different aspects of the way in which trauma can affect both the foster child and other members of the family.
The program is structured over the course of 10 weekly, 60- to 90-minute sessions for parents with foster children or those who plan to begin fostering. It is designed for caregivers of children aged 0-17 years. In addition, the intervention uses four key components: trauma awareness, caregiver relationships as the context for healing, trauma-informed parenting strategies, and creating physical and psychological safety, according to the program’s