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Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Schirmer, Sarah

Committee Member

Clark, Rudy

Author's Keywords

child trauma; child welfare; foster care; resource parent training; placement stability


675,000 children nationwide were involved with the foster care system in 2019, and nearly all children within the foster care system are actively suffering from the effects of trauma. Resource parent trauma-informed trainings, such as Resource Parenting Curriculum (RPC) developed by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, are associated with improved parental perceptions towards trauma-informed care, improved child outcomes, and placement stability. Foster care agencies have trauma-informed state-based curriculum, but it does not meet the needs of resource parents, specifically those caring for children with developmental delays or disorders. The project was implemented at a therapeutic foster care agency for resource parents to improve knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes surrounding trauma-informed parenting, tolerance of misbehavior and parenting efficacy. Resource parents participated in a two-hour workshop consisting of a condensed version of RPC, which was adapted to meet the needs of parents caring for a child with a developmental delay or disorder. Resource parents completed a pre- and post-workshop knowledge test and Resource Parent Knowledge and Beliefs Survey (RPKBS). Qualitative measures identified resource parent satisfaction with workshop. Resource parent knowledge (p=0.108) and all three scales from the RPKBS: trauma-informed parenting (p=0.074), tolerance of misbehavior (p=0.500), and parenting efficacy (p=0.293) improved from pre- to post-workshop but were not statistically significant. The project will have sustained outcomes as the project site has adopted a trauma-informed curriculum to implement into their program as a tool for resource parents. Future implementation of this intervention should focus on improving response rates, studying the relationship of collaborative trainings and the development of staff specific trauma-informed assessments and the impact of trauma-informed workshops on parenting behaviors and outcomes, specifically placement stability.

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