Start Date

8-5-2013 12:30 PM

End Date

8-5-2013 2:00 PM

Subjects

Foster home care -- United States, Foster parents -- United States, Social work with children, Foster children -- United States, Child welfare workers -- Training of -- United States, Foster children -- Family relationships, Brothers and sisters

Description

The Supporting Siblings in Foster Care program (SIBS) utilizes a universal recruitment strategy for a RCT skills training program for siblings in foster care at high risk of poor health, disability, and conduct issues. This poster session will examine the process of program adaptation, review the components of intervention fidelity, and explore the challenges of intervention in the context of foster children's lives. Fidelity of implementation and program adaptation are essential to prevention program design. Program adaptation may be required for cultural fit and ecological factors. Focus group data from a group of intervention staff indicated that changes were made to program content and delivery in order to engage diverse youth with attention, developmental, and behavioral issues living in the flux of an overtaxed Child Welfare system, foster placement changes, and custody and reunification struggles. Recommendations for future implementation research include building flexibility into the curriculum and training staff in planned modification for the most common challenges. Competencies essential to effective sibling relationships and the core components of intervention programs will need to be elucidated as research progresses. Intervention fidelity is important for program dissemination and for interpreting the effects of an intervention. It will be necessary to explore the process of adaptation and identify specific factors that influence effectiveness with particular populations.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12952

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May 8th, 12:30 PM May 8th, 2:00 PM

Fidelity and Adaptation of a Sibling Relationship Intervention for the Prevention of Antisocial Behavior

The Supporting Siblings in Foster Care program (SIBS) utilizes a universal recruitment strategy for a RCT skills training program for siblings in foster care at high risk of poor health, disability, and conduct issues. This poster session will examine the process of program adaptation, review the components of intervention fidelity, and explore the challenges of intervention in the context of foster children's lives. Fidelity of implementation and program adaptation are essential to prevention program design. Program adaptation may be required for cultural fit and ecological factors. Focus group data from a group of intervention staff indicated that changes were made to program content and delivery in order to engage diverse youth with attention, developmental, and behavioral issues living in the flux of an overtaxed Child Welfare system, foster placement changes, and custody and reunification struggles. Recommendations for future implementation research include building flexibility into the curriculum and training staff in planned modification for the most common challenges. Competencies essential to effective sibling relationships and the core components of intervention programs will need to be elucidated as research progresses. Intervention fidelity is important for program dissemination and for interpreting the effects of an intervention. It will be necessary to explore the process of adaptation and identify specific factors that influence effectiveness with particular populations.