Being aware of the severe impact of trauma on child development that comes from difficult environments, starting this month, we introduced a new area in Foster to Adopt program structure: equipping parents with skills to care for traumatized foster children. This type of training has been adapted from Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross’s developed program and the TCU Institute of Child Development in Texas, training in which the LOC staff took part in three sessions.
The training is five weeks long, one module per week, and is held in the foster homes. We wish to develop a new structured and educational relationship based culture among families, based on trust which will enable children to live feeling “safe” and the children are invited to participate in an interaction through play. So far we have implemented two modules in which both theoretical concepts and practical ways of intervention were presented.
The families are opened to new information, acknowledging the profound impact of the trauma and they are embracing these concepts.
During the sessions we have Nurture Group meetings with the children and the foster parents and we teach, through play, principles and values that empower the children and help creating child – parent connections and correct the inappropriate behavior of the child.