Foster Parent Training Needs Assessment in the Northwest Territories

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Sahtu Settlement Area, North Slave Region

Tags: program development, social sciences, social services, social impact, skills training, psychology

Principal Investigator: Tynes, Deborah (1)
Licence Number: 13321
Organization: University of Manitoba
Licenced Year(s): 2002
Issued: Jun 16, 2002
Project Team: self

Objective(s): Foster parents today are dealing with children who have greater emotional and psychological needs. Foster parent training is a critical factor in preparing foster parents with the required skills and knowledge that goes beyond the "traditional basic" parenting. Currently in the Northwest Territories (NWT) there is no standardized, consistent, and structured framework for foster parent training which impacts on the service provided to children in care. The focus of this research project will therefore be on foster parent training in the NWT. The objective of the need assessment on foster parent training is to get input from all relevant stakeholders on what is required in a foster parent training program so recommendations can be made to the Department of Health & Social Services so they can be responsive in planning and designing a standardized training program that has immediate usefulness to all parties. The goal of the project is to interview foster parents, social workers, supervisors, management, the Yellowknife Foster Parent Association and the Department of Health & Social Services to seek their input into what is required in a foster parent training program