Trauma Caused by Separation of Children from Parents

A Tool to Help Lawyers Information is up to date as of January, 2020. Children are seriously harmed when they are separated from their parents. There has been quite a bit of research that proves that harm and outlines the specific … 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


What Makes a QPI Site Successful?

WHAT MAKES A QPI SITE SUCCESSFUL?1. Elements of QPIa. Commitment to parenting that meets the individual developmental needs of each child in the foster care system in view of his or her unique characteristics and circumstance including his or her history of … Read More

LA Benchbook

Louisiana CINC Benchbook

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … 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

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Do the Components of Strengths-based Supervision Enhance Child Welfare Workers’ Satisfaction with Supervision?

Turnover rates, burnout, vicarious trauma, and professional development needs of the workforce are specific challenges often faced by child welfare administrators. The relationship between the supervisor and the frontline worker is important to increasing staff retention, debriefing stress, and enhancing staff development. The … Read More


Attachment Problems in Young Children: Effective Interventions for Repairing Young Child Trauma

Attachment refers to the emotional connections that develop between young children and their caregivers through a transactional process with a predictable timeline. National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. CLICK HERE

Suicide Looms Large in Minds of Many Foster Youth

The suicide of any child is a tragedy, but studies show children in foster care are four times more likely than other children to attempt to take their own lives. Suicide risk is correlated with depression, lack of social support … Read More