It is probably worth saying that I write this from the perspective of my background in residential children’s homes. My knowledge of the experiences of foster carers and adopters is limited to some work as a freelance trainer for a few IFA’s. That said, it is pretty obvious that many of the issues faced are the same. And many of the attributes, skills and so on required for these roles will be similar. It is definitely true that many of the people I have met during my time in residential care and as a trainer did not have enough of these skills and attributes to undertake their roles successfully.
You will not find many children’s homes nowadays that do not market themselves as “therapeutic” (and presumably, by extension, this means the staff are therapeutically trained, right?). Likewise, I notice the terms “therapeutic foster carer” and “therapeutic parent” are becoming common.