Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Arts




Dr. Alan Leschied



The study explored foster parent experiences of completing an online training program about the challenges of foster parenting in order to gain a greater understanding of how these challenges affect foster parent mental health and retention, and how they could be aided though online training. Thirty foster parents completed the four modules of the training program, and then completed a telephone interview about their experience of completing the course, and their experience with fostering in general. This study focused on two of the modules, the ‘Four Tools for Conflict Resolution” and “Reactions to Grief and Loss”.

The results suggest online delivery could be beneficial in overcoming the multiple barriers foster parent face to accessing training, and that foster parent mental health and foster parent retention could be improved by including and increasing the involvement of the foster parent as a valued member within the foster child’s caring team.