Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Resources from the NCTSN

  • Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit – The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, 2nd Edition is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events. The toolkit teaches strategies for using trauma-informed child welfare practice to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system.

  • Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents (RPC)RPC is a PowerPoint-based training curriculum designed to be taught by a mental health professional and foster parent as cofacilitators. It includes nine case studies of representative foster children from the ages of eight months to 15 years, as well as cases of secondary traumatic stress in parents.

  • Helping Children in the Child Welfare System Heal from Trauma: A Systems Integration Approach – This is a report on the results of a survey conducted among child-serving agencies in a number of states. Primary goal of the survey was to understand how various service systems and agencies communicate with each other about trauma in the children they serve. Also identifies the ways agencies may inadvertently be re-traumatizing some children, how they promote a child’s healing following a traumatic event, and gaps in communication among agencies and systems. Knowledge gained from the survey can inform the development of training and educational materials to breach the gaps and to improve collaboration.

  • Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability: A Breakthrough Series Collaborative – In September 2012, the NCTSN, with funding from SAMHSA, launched a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) which focused on developing and implementing trauma-informed child welfare practices that would increase the probability that children who need out-of-home placement remain in a single appropriate and stable home whenever possible. This BSC included nine teams from around the country, each representing a partnership between the public child welfare agency and a mental health agency or organization that provided evidence-based interventions for child trauma to children in foster care. Each team included administrators, supervisors, case workers, clinicians, a birth parent, a foster parent, and, on occasion, a youth. These teams worked together from October 2010 through September 2012 to test, implement, and sustain trauma-informed strategies and practices that showed promise in improving placement stability. This resource highlights the work of these teams.

  • Birth Parents with Trauma and the Child Welfare System – This factsheet series from the Birth Parent Subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee highlights the importance of understanding the serious consequences that trauma histories can have for birth parents and the subsequent potential impact on their parenting. The following factsheets can be accessed from the NCTSN website or by clicking below: