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Families and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers play an essential role in helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. These resources are for parents, adoptive parents, resource/foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens. The more caregivers learn about how traumatic events affect their children (whether toddler, school-age, teen, youth, or adult), the more they understand the reasons for their children’s behaviors and emotions, and the better prepared they are to help them cope. When children know that caring adults are working to keep them safe and support them in understanding their reactions to trauma, most can recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.

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Talking to Children about Mass Violence

Type: Tip Sheet

Provides information about how to talk to children about mass violence. This tip sheet describes ways to talk to children about mass violence, including how to start the conversation, how to deal with incorrect information, limiting media exposure, common reactions, and when to seek help.

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Tip Sheet for Youth Talking to Journalists about the Shooting

Type: Tip Sheet

Offers information to youth, parents, and caregivers on how to talk with journalists after a mass violence event or shooting. This tip sheet describes a parent's and child’s rights when talking with journalists and details the signs of a good and respectful reporter.

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Talking to Children about the Bombings

Type: Tip Sheet

Provides information on how to talk to children about the bombings in Boston. This tip sheet describes how to talk to children about the bombings in Boston and applies to mass violence events that involve bombings in general.

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Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Online

Type: Training Curriculum

Is a centralized resource for providers and resource parents who are using or interested in using Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents in their communities.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents

Type: Fact Sheet

Helps parents understand how economic difficulties can affect their families, in terms of their sense of safety, connectedness, and hope. The fact sheet also helps families find ways to cope during uncertain times.

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Trauma and Your Family

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers parents and caregivers information about trauma. This fact sheet defines traumatic stress and describes how common it is, how it can impact a family, and things a family can do to cope with traumatic stress.

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Family Preparedness Wallet Card

Type: Special Resource

Allows families to list important telephone numbers and other information that could be useful in the case of an emergency. Each member of the family should carry these cards with them at all times in case an event occurs and all family members are not together.

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