The Chrysalis Approach

Every carer is supported by a therapeutic worker

Unlike other fostering agencies, all Chrysalis fostering workers are trained in using therapeutic techniques specifically designed to help children with developmental trauma, who live in foster care. This means that your supervising worker will be able to work closely with you and the fostered child, from day one and for all of the time you foster.

Healing through fun and good relationships

The main approaches we use in all foster homes are:

  • PACE – teaching you how to stay Playful, Accepting, Curious and Empathic towards your child, even when the going gets tough, so they learn that they can have a safe and caring relationship with you. We know how hard this will feel at times, and our support for you is accepting, realistic, skilful, and reliable.
  • Theraplay(R)  – Every placement will be supported with Theraplay, usually weekly. Theraplay is emotionally tuned in, physical play, with nurturing touch as the basis of the interaction. Your worker takes charge of all the games, and teaches you how to do the same. The goal is to teach the child that adults can be in control as part of a safe, positive, and mutually enjoyable relationship. The focus is on the here and now, rather than on the past. It is geared towards the child’s emotional age rather than their chronological age, and may often include games usually played with younger children. At the same time it provides experiences which help the child’s hurts to heal, and for them to receive nurturing from you.
  • Additional therapy – If a child needs more help than this, an individually tailored wrap-around package of additional therapies can be provided.

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