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Master of Arts




Alan Leschied


The purpose of this study was to examine the experience of foster parents using a four component online training module and to assess the effectiveness of each module as an effective and relevant educational resource. The study focused on the content of modules one and three which discussed, respectively, promoting resiliency in children and dealing with challenging behaviours. Participants included thirty three experienced foster parents from southern Ontario. Foster parents participated in semi-structured interviews as part of the evaluation. Analysis of the content of the interviews revealed eight themes reflecting both the content of the training modules and the participants’ evaluation of the experience of their completion. Results suggest that the content of the modules reflected the lived experiences of foster parents and were considered to be useful in training, particularly for beginning foster parents. Results are discussed in their relevance for foster parent retention and recruitment.