Using a Trauma-Informed Lens to Help Transform the Child Welfare System

The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI), and its predecessor the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP), promote creating trauma-informed child welfare systems across the country.

What is a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System?

A trauma-informed child welfare system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the varying impact of traumatic stress on children, caregivers, families, and those who have contact with the system. Programs and organizations within the system infuse this knowledge, awareness, and skills into their organizational cultures, policies, and practices. They act in collaboration, using the best available science, to facilitate and support resiliency and recovery.*

Click on one of the links below to learn more about the project:

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Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

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Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Supercommunties Across the Country

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Free Downloadable: CTISP’s Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit

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CTISP-DI Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Resources and Webinars

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Other Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Resources

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This website is supported with funding from grant award No. 1U79SM061266 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This document reflects the thinking of many individuals and organizations, as well as information from valuable resource documents and documents describing federal laws and policies. It does not necessarily represent official policy or positions of the funding source.

*After its formation in mid-2010, the CTISP National Advisory Committee (2010-2013), created and formalized this definition. (From page 11 in Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators [2nd ed.].)