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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.

NCTSN Resource

Family Preparedness: Thinking Ahead

Type: Tip Sheet

Accompanies the Family Preparedness Wallet Card. This guide helps families develop a safety plan so that they may be prepared in the event of disasters.

Partner-In Resource

Helping Children Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Type: Fact Sheet

Helps parents and caregivers address their children's concerns and worries arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions of normal life that we are experiencing.

Partner-In Resource

After the Harvest: A Story About Saying Goodbye

Type: Special Resource

Tells the story of several illustrated characters who are coping with having to say goodbye when the family of a school-age boy, Gabriel, announces that they will need to move and relocate yet again in search for seasonal farm-work. The story highlights the unique stressors young children from mi

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