Five Ways to Serve Youth Through the Family First Prevention Services Act

A recent brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy details five opportunities within the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2018 for states to build a prevention continuum that focuses on healthy adolescent development. The brief also aims … Read More

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach With Parents of Color in Family Court

A Report by Tricia Stephens, LCSW-R, Ph.D. Shifting to more trauma-informed practices in family court has been shown to improve outcomes for families. A report presented on the Rise website details the importance of using a trauma-informed approach in working … Read More

Trauma Exposure Response: A Resource for Child Welfare Attorneys

As a child welfare attorney, you are regularly exposed to trauma. This repeated exposure to the intimate details of traumatic events results in negative behavioral, physical, and emotional consequences that can affect your professional and personal life. Trauma exposure response … Read More

Seeing Whats Underneath

Seeing What’s Underneath: A Resource for Understanding Behavior and Using Language in Juvenile Court

Juvenile court can be a stressful environment— for everyone. But for court-involved youth, it can also be embarrassing, confusing, and traumatic. Youth may fail to meet adults’ expectations to be respectful and compliant or to show empathy and remorse. Youth … Read More


Trauma-Informed Strategies for Supporting Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System during COVID-19

Children and youth who become involved in the child welfare (CW) system often experience trauma as a result of maltreatment and other adversities while in the CW system, including removal from home and multiple out-of-home placements. Children and youth of … Read More

In Focus Fact Sheet: Child Protection Law Enforcement

The safety and well-being of children are central to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) mission. OJJDP enhances the efforts of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies who investigate cases of missing, abducted, … Read More

The Importance of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

This issue brief discusses the importance of cultivating a child welfare system that recognizes and responds appropriately to trauma. After providing a brief overview of trauma and its effects, the brief explores steps that are involved in transitioning to a … Read More

CBCAP 101: Intro to Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

The Safe Start Center, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Child and Family Policy Associates recently released a new resource, Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates.  In this resource, you’ll find: Information … Read More

Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

By recognizing the potential impact of trauma on parenting, judges and attorneys can more easily connect parents with services that will meet their needs. This resource from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network addresses the following questions: What are signs … Read More

NCTSN Impact Newsletter: Winter 2019

Profiles Irene Clements, an extraordinary foster parent and family advocate, and reports on Rhode Island Family Service, which maintains its “Go Team” ride-along partnership with the police department. You’ll hear about the 13 sites that used SAMHSA supplemental grants in … Read More