This working paper shares evidence-based practices and key policy recommendations aimed at building a true, trauma-informed system of care. It offers compelling data on trauma and spotlights successful trauma-sensitive programs in action. It also outlines critical service gaps in current efforts to support kids and families exposed to trauma.

This publication, produced in the aftermath of a forum organized by the National Center for Children in Poverty, is the second installment in a five-part series devoted to advancing trauma-informed services and policies in America.    

July 27, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    A definition of trauma and how it impacts kids.

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    Advice on building a trauma-informed service delivery system.

  3. 3

    Examples of evidence-based practices to treat trauma.

  4. 4

    Four case studies on trauma-informed practice in action.

Key Takeaway

Wanted: Trauma-informed systems that promote growth, understanding and healing

Experts have identified five must-haves for creating a trauma-informed system of care. One requirement? Systematically review policies and procedures to identify and eliminate harmful, traumatizing and retraumatizing practices.

Findings & Stats

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