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From adversity to stability to integration: how one Australian program is making a difference in therapeutic foster care
Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma
  • Kathomi Gatwiri, Southern Cross University
  • Lynne McPherson, Southern Cross University
  • Noel Mcnamara, Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Joe Tucci, Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Janise Mitchell, Australian Chilldhood Foundation
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2018
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

This paper discusses two key strategies detailing how “relationship-focused” and “trauma-informed” intervention practices, which form the basis of an Australian therapeutic program called Treatment and Care for Kids (TrACK), made a difference in the lives of highly traumatised children. The TrACK program fosters highly traumatised children who, due to the complexity of their trauma needs, cannot be placed in traditional generalist foster care. Case files of 48 children were reviewed. Children were either current or former clients over a period of 18 years since the program was initiated. In analysing the data, we noticed that children who were once highly dysregulated in the domains of foster care placement, education, arousal regulation and peer relationships were now enjoying an enhanced level of stability in their lives.

Citation Information

Gatwiri, K, Mcpherson, L, Mcnamara, N, Tucci, J & Mitchell, J, 2018 in press, 'From adversity to stability to integration: how one Australian program is making a difference in therapeutic foster care', Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-018-0236-6