In families, the effects of unaddressed trauma can be passed from one generation to the next generation. For example, the birth parents of some of the foster children in your home may have been in foster care themselves as children. Learn about the ways in which parenting attachment styles and behaviors of one generation influence the parenting behaviors of the next generation. Learn resources and strategies that you, as a foster parent, can use to support birth families and foster children.
Martie Gillen, Ph.D., MBA, is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Financial Social Work Educator. She travels the state and nation educating others on trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the effects of trauma on brain development, TBRI, and creating trauma informed classrooms for public and private schools. Martie was a foster mom for over five years and is an adoptive mom to two children. She is also a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.