Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers – Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program

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dc.contributor.author Lotty, Maria
dc.contributor.author Dunn Galvin, Audrey
dc.contributor.author Bantry White, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-31T14:07:49Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-31T14:07:49Z
dc.date.issued 2020-02-07
dc.identifier.citation Lotty, M., Dunn Galvin, A., Bantry White, E. (2020) 'Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers – Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program'. Child Abuse & Neglect, 102, 104390, (13 pp). doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104390 en
dc.identifier.volume 102 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 13 en
dc.identifier.issn 0145-2134
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9799
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104390 en
dc.description.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 Connections group-based experiential intervention was delivered over a period of 6-weeks in a community-based setting to intervention group participants. Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to compare the results of the intervention group (n = 49), to a control group (n = 30,) who received usual care. Standardized assessment measures were used at baseline, 6-weeks on completion, 16 weeks and 15 months post-intervention. Foster carers’ knowledge of trauma-informed fostering, tolerance of misbehavior and fostering efficacy, and children’s emotional and behavioral difficulties were assessed. Results: Significant improvements were found in foster carers’ knowledge of trauma-informed fostering (p < 0.001), tolerance of child misbehavior (p = 0.007) and fostering efficacy (p < 0.001), with effect sizes ranging from medium to large and sustained over fifteen months (ES = 0.07–0.14). Significant improvement was also found in children’s emotional and behavioral difficulties at fifteen months (p = 0.019), with a small effect size (ES = 0.05). Conclusion: Preliminary evidence suggests that Fostering Connections is potentially an effective intervention in increasing foster carer’s capacity to provide children with trauma-informed care. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (Excellence Scholarship Fund) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213420300454
dc.rights © 2020 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Developmental trauma en
dc.subject Foster care en
dc.subject Intervention en
dc.subject Psychoeducation en
dc.subject Trauma-informed care en
dc.title Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers – Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maria Lotty, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: maria.lotty@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2023-02-07
dc.date.updated 2020-03-31T13:51:48Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Tusla, Child and Family Agency, Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Child Abuse & Neglect en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.dunngalvin@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress maria.lotty@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.bantrywhite@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 104390 en


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