Child Welfare and Trauma

Provides trauma-specific resources, toolkits and publications for professionals working within child welfare and other child-serving systems.

CW360Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Winter 2013CW360o Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Winter 2013 (PDF 1.4MB), published by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW), offers an examination of trauma-informed practices with children and families involved in the child welfare system.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)’s Creating Trauma-Informed Child-Serving SystemsNational Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)’s Creating Trauma-Informed Child-Serving Systems (PDF 160KB) is a 2007 brief outlining the rationale for creating trauma-informed and responsive systems that serve children and their families.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeNCTSN’s Child Welfare Training Toolkit, published in 2008, provides foundational knowledge and practical skills to assist professionals in working effectively with trauma-exposed children.

Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for AdministratorsCreating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators (PDF 196KB) was developed in 2013 by the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project to assist administrators in enhancing their organizations’ response to trauma-exposed children and families.

Trauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information ProjectTrauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project (PDF 9.5MB), published in 2008 by NCTSN, identifies trauma-focused interventions developed and utilized with trauma-affected youth populations of various cultural backgrounds and describes the interventions’ level of cultural competence and research-based evidence of effectiveness.

Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing MaltreatmentChild Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment (PDF 2.9MB) is a 2013 report prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality assessing the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for trauma-exposed children.

Child Exposure to Trauma: Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement StabilityUsing Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability: Breakthrough Series Collaborative Promising Practices and Lessons Learned (PDF 1.2MB) is a report published in 2013 by NCTSN that describes the development, testing and dissemination of trauma-informed practices that improve foster care placement stability using the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) quality improvement model.

Substance Use Disorders and Trauma among Parents in the Child Welfare SystemSubstance Use Disorders and Trauma among Parents in the Child Welfare System (PDF 1.1MB) is a 2013 conference presentation by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) that explores the impact of parental substance use disorders (SUDs) and trauma on parenting practices and child safety and well-being and discusses effective evidence-based interventions.

Child and Family Policy Forum: Children Whose Parents Have Experienced Childhood Trauma -- Challenges, Obligations, and Reasonable Efforts for ReunificationChild and Family Policy Forum: Children Whose Parents Have Experienced Childhood Trauma -- Challenges, Obligations, and Reasonable Efforts for Reunification, from May of 2013, discussed findings from a Chapin Hall report in which researchers identified a subset of parents involved with the child welfare system who have extensive childhood trauma experiences and face multiple challenges or service needs.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeBehavioral Health of Parents/Caregivers: Impact on Children in Child Welfare System is a 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presentation discussing the impact on children of parents and caregivers with substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illness diagnoses. This presentation gives consideration to foster care, welfare and trauma factors and discusses the role of treatment and system-level changes to support these children.

NCTSN's Resource List by AudienceNCTSN's Resource List by Audience (PDF 736KB), published in 2011, lists resources available to individuals who work with or provide care to children and families affected by trauma.

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