“This course improved my skills and taught me new ones, and made me feel less stressed and more able to cope with certain behaviours.”
Maria, foster carer and Fostering Changes course participant
In New Zealand research has found that…
Given these poor outcomes Incredible Families have committed to training other professionals, caregivers and grandparents in Fostering Changes.
We know that a child in care who has three or more placement breakdowns is at greatest risk of developing long-term needs.
Fostering Changes develops pro-social skills and teaches the CIC to self-regulate (this will reduce risk of developing mental health difficulties and anti-social behaviour).
Fostering Changes enables the CIC to access education (this is a protective factor and increases likelihood of the CIC achieving independence).
Fostering Changes supports caregivers in managing their own stress and communicating their needs (a protective factor in placement stability and improving attachments between caregivers and their children).
Fostering Changes is one of the few evidence-based programmes for caregivers available internationally. The Fostering Changes Team in the UK have begun to train social workers, clinicians and more recently caregivers as facilitators.
Fostering Changes has been well evaluated as part of a randomised control trial. For more details please see the attached report.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children recently completed a review of all interventions for children in care and sighted Fostering Changes as one of the most promising.
Cardiff University recently released “In Good Hands”, which gathered robust evidence and drew on existing programmes to identify effective ways to improve the life chances of looked-after children and young people in Wales. It presented two potential models for the Big Lottery Fund’s consideration for long-term pilot investment, one of which was to roll out Fostering Changes.
In order to judge the programme’s effectiveness for a New Zealand population a variety of pre- and post- measures can be completed.
The questionnaires have been chosen to measure several key areas.