The TRUE Model of Fostering

We follow a unique model that offers a highly skilled therapeutic team of support to our foster families.  There are 4 distinct supporting professionals which wrap around each foster family.  The combination of roles ensures a multidisciplined and unique approach to our children and families.

  • Supervising Social Worker
  • Empathic Listener
  • Attachment Therapist
  • Child Support Worker

The model uses a variety of therapeutic tools as a way of predicting and managing behaviours. These include individualised child trauma trackers for each child.  Our team utilise the TRUE assessment tool, developed by Sarah Naish.  This tool offers early intervention and focuses on behaviours that a foster parent might be finding challenging to manage.

The team, including foster parents meet regularly for therapeutic consultations.  This ensures early intervention and overall family stability.

Compassion Fatigue

Caring for a traumatised child can be an exhausting and challenging task.  This can result in foster parents experiencing extreme stress and therefore being unable to connect with their child.  When suffering with compassion fatigue, foster parents empathy levels are really low and they are not able to offer the same quality of nurturing care.  The team work closely with foster parents and are trained in recognising the early signs of compassion fatigue.

Developmental Trauma 

Babies require safe, predictable and loving caregivers to meet their needs.  Such responses help the brain to develop in a healthy and normal sequence of growth.  When babies needs are not responded to appropriately, they experience developmental trauma which has an effect on all aspects of a child’s development.  Developmental trauma can have a lasting impact on a child’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive functioning.