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Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

NCTSN Resource

Resource Description

Outlines recommendations for how jurisdictions can understand Family First’s policy requirements for trauma-informed approaches and ensure that implementation of the law meets the trauma-related needs of children, youth and families. This white paper describes key Family First provisions that address trauma; defines and describes the components of trauma-informed child welfare practice; suggests ways to consider parental, caregiver and child trauma in the design and delivery of prevention and kinship navigation services; recommends the consideration of trauma and traumatic stress to inform placement decisions; describes how residential facilities can implement trauma-informed clinical approaches and organizational practices to best support youth and their families; offers insight on trauma-informed reunification planning; and outlines opportunities to better support the workforce and foster families in providing trauma-informed care.

Published in 2020