Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 387–398 | Cite as

From Adversity to Stability to Integration: how One Australian Program is Making a Difference in Therapeutic Foster Care

  • Kathomi GatwiriEmail author
  • Lynne Mcpherson
  • Noel Mcnamara
  • Janise Mitchell
  • Joe Tucci


This paper discusses two key strategies detailing how “relationship-focused” and “trauma-informed” intervention practices, which form the basis of an Australian therapeutic program called Treatment and Care for Kids (TrACK), made a difference in the lives of highly traumatised children. The TrACK program fosters highly traumatised children who, due to the complexity of their trauma needs, cannot be placed in traditional generalist foster care. Case files of 48 children were reviewed. Children were either current or former clients over a period of 18 years since the program was initiated. In analysing the data, we noticed that children who were once highly dysregulated in the domains of foster care placement, education, arousal regulation and peer relationships were now enjoying an enhanced level of stability in their lives.


Adverse childhood experiences Therapeutic Foster Care Out-of-home care Complex trauma Relationship Stability Integration Australia 



The evaluation was supported by a grant from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to Australian Childhood Foundation.

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Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest declared.

Ethical Standards and Informed Consent

This study was approved by Southern Cross University and Anglicare Victoria Human Research Ethics boards. The university’s approval number is ECN-17-153 while the Anglicare reference number is 2017–90.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and Social SciencesSouthern Cross UniverityBilingaAustralia
  2. 2.Research and PolicyAustralian Chilldhood FoundationMelbourneAustralia

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