Those in the Child Welfare system often enter with many complex physical, mental, and behavioral health needs. The foster parent plays a crucial role in caring for these children and may face challenges in addressing such needs. Inability to manage challenges may affect foster child integration and placement stability. Multiple displacements may then further contribute to health challenges and outcomes of the foster children. Therefore, it is vital for the foster parent to be well-trained and prepared to handle their responsibilities. Training curricula, however, are still unstandardized and variable in quality. In this Integrative Learning Experience, a secondary data analysis of focus groups was performed, with the goal of eliciting feedback from important child welfare stakeholders. Data from focus groups will be utilized by The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio), in Philadelphia to ultimately inform the development of a standardized foster parent training curriculum.
Thiel, MD-MPH(c), Vanessa; Stephen DiDonato, PhD, LPC, NCC; Frass, Rosemary Frasso, PhD, CPH; and Phillips, MS, Rebekah, "Fostering Feedback: Using Focus Groups to Develop a Standardized Foster Parent Training Curriculum" (2020). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 321.