"No-one told us it was going to be like this": Compassion fatigue and foster carers summary report

Published on Nov 22, 2016
路 DOI :10.13140/RG.2.2.33955.45606
Heather Ottaway3
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Julie Selwyn20
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Abstract null null In Australia, significant numbers of children in out-of-home care live in foster care placements, with many such placements being long-term. Despite the potential healing that may occur in the context of foster care, many foster children experience high levels of poor mental health, and may enact trauma-related behaviours that can significantly impact upon the foster placement. Yet to date, the topic of foster parents witnessing and living with the trauma experienced by their ...
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#1Tina Adkins (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 2
#2Samantha Reisz (Washington State University Vancouver)H-Index: 6
Last. Peter Fonagy (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 135
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Family Minds is a brief group psychoeducational parenting intervention designed to increase the reflective functioning (RF) and mentalization skills of foster parents. RF is important for foster parents who have to build relationships with children whose adverse experiences increase their risk for psychosocial challenges. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) for Family Minds was conducted in Texas with 89 foster parents. The main aims of this study were to examine whether the intervention could s...
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#1Maria Lotty (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 2
#2Eleanor Bantry-White (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 4
Last. Audrey DunnGalvin (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 35
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Abstract This process study explored the experiences of foster carers and facilitators who participated in Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Program which was implemented in 2017 in the national child welfare agency in Ireland. This intervention was a psychoeducational program for foster carers, developed in respond to a gap in training provision. Three focus groups were carried out with foster carers and facilitators that participated in the intervention. Thematic analysis ...
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#1Adrienne Whitt-Woosley (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 6
#2Ginny Sprang (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 24
Last. Jessica Eslinger (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 5
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Abstract The role of caring for traumatized individuals has been widely recognized as having inherent risks for secondary exposure to trauma and associated distress. Child welfare work in particular has been found to be an occupation where indirect exposure to trauma is especially prevalent as are related experiences of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout ( Bride, Jones, & Macmaster, 2007 ; Nelson-Gardell & Harris, 2003). Given that rates of trauma exposure for children in foster care r...
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#1Maria Lotty (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 2
#2Audrey DunnGalvin (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 35
Last. Eleanor Bantry-White (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 4
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Abstract Background The need to improve the quality of foster care training has been highlighted and evidenced-based programs that aim to support foster carers in the care of children who have experienced trauma are warranted. Objective This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Fostering Connections program, a newly developed trauma-informed care program within the national child welfare agency in Ireland. Participants and setting The study included 79 foster carers. The Fostering Co...
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