As new foster parents, their child’s frequent tantrums concerned them. Not only were the episodes extreme, the triggers were unpredictable. They connected the little girl’s behavior to the trauma she had experienced before joining their family, but it was hard to know how best to respond.
In North Carolina, a new program is helping foster parents learn how to support the special needs of children in their care by better understanding trauma and its consequences. Called ARC Reflections, the skills-building model has been piloted in six child welfare agencies, including five in North Carolina.
With promising results from the test sites, The Duke Endowment is now funding expansion in South Carolina. There’s more to learn, says Phil Redmond Jr., director of the Endowment’s Child Care program area, “but we believe ARC Reflections will help agencies provide a valuable new resource for helping foster families thrive.”