As an agency, we want to equip every family to provide the best care possible for the children that are placed in their homes. We know that these children have experienced childhood trauma, which may include abuse or neglect, and separation from their families. They have been pulled away from everything that they know and they are being placed in the home of a stranger. Their experiences of trauma will have an impact upon their relationships, behavior and how they respond to the world around them.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is an approach to caring for the whole child that considers the trauma and background that children have experienced in order to apply appropriate parenting strategies. TBRI® was developed by the TCU Institute of Child Development and we have been employing the principles of TBRI® since 2008 and have been a partner agency with the Institute for two years. This parenting strategy has proved revolutionary for our foster parents, allowing them to understand and empathize with children’s trauma and respond to the behaviors of hurting children while still maintaining healthy attachments and trust.
“I honestly didn’t think we were going to make it, but with TBRI®, we slowly started to see the boys’ behavior change. There have been a lot of small victories along the way and everything’s much more manageable now.”
Our foster care staff has been extensively trained in the principles and methods of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. During your initial training, you will participate in an introduction to TBRI®, which will give you some of the basic tools and concepts behind the model and why it is so successful with children in foster care. Then, once children are placed in your home, our foster care staff will be available for training and guidance in applying TBRI® methods in your foster home.