Understanding Vicarious Trauma in Australian Foster Care

We are recruiting current and former foster carers (including foster carers, kinship carers, and permanent carers) as well as former foster children and former non-foster children living in a foster care environment to explore their experiences of vicarious trauma in foster care. The purpose of this study is to better understand the impacts of secondary experiences of trauma and distress within foster care on others within the care environment. This includes how foster care-related trauma affects foster carers, other children living in the home, as well as foster children themselves. By gaining deeper insight into the ‘aftershocks’ of foster care trauma we aim to develop support mechanisms for foster families which directly address the lingering and at times far-reaching effects of primary as well as secondary trauma.

If you would like to participate, download the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form through the link below and use the included contact details.