New Tools to Help Foster Parents Caring for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma


Foster parents are critical to helping children heal from trauma and thrive. Child welfare systems must ensure they have the problem-solving skills that they can apply in their homes and relationships.

To help child welfare professionals equip foster parents, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has partnered with leading experts in caring for children who have experienced trauma to create two immersive, skill-building curricula — ARC Reflections and The Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care (TST-FC).

These training resources may be downloaded for free from the Casey Foundation’s website.  

  • ARC Reflections is a nine-session program that child welfare agencies can use to train foster parents to better care for children who have had traumatic experiences.
  • TST-FC is a four-part guide to advise child welfare professionals how to support foster parents in promoting healing for the children in their care. 

These free training tools provide practical implementation tips, tools, detailed lessons, data summary reports and promotional materials.

  • Janice Brown


    When I was a foster parent, my biggest challenges came from a lack of respite from the process. I was working full time, but was expected to leave work early every day to drive my foster 30 miles round trip daily for therapy. Also my school called frequently and needed me to come to school and bring her home when she was distressed .

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