School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Boone L. Benton


trauma, foster parent training, placement stability, dysregulated behaviors


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Permanency is the desired outcome when a child has been placed into a foster care placement. That permanency outcome can involve a return to their birth family, being adopted by a new family, or guardianship with a relative (Lockwood et al., 2015). Achieving the final goal requires foster parents to understand trauma, dysregulated behaviors, and parenting techniques. The foster parent’s attachment and commitment to the foster child is affected by their understanding of those three topics. Trauma training is key to accomplishing that fuller understanding (Patterson et al., 2018). Foster parents’ comprehension of the trauma effects on behaviors and the tools to better manage those misbehaviors leads to safe and stable foster care placements, allowing a more rewarding healing process for the foster children. This research study explored the outcomes of foster parent training including Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care (TST-FC; Bartlett & Rushovich, 2018), attachment (Ballen et al., 2010), commitment, dysregulation behaviors, and placement stability within the duration of a foster child’s placement and the foster parent’s skills, support, and training related to the desired goals.