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What is a Trauma -Informed Care?

Recent studies have documented that exposure to trauma, left untreated, can interfere with children's healthy brain development and lead to mental disorders. Because trauma has many sources - physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, exposure to violent acts and natural disasters among others - the treatment of trauma lends itself perfectly to a system of care approach. Children with a history of trauma can show up at any door: in school, in a community mental health center, in a homeless shelter, in a foster home, or even in a youth correctional facility. Families often face a bewildering maze of services available through schools, communities, health care providers, counseling agencies, law enforcement, just to name a few. Getting connected with the right services at the right time and learning how they can work together can be one of the toughest challenges.It is imperative that the systems caring for these vulnerable children and their families work together to meet their needs. We're proud to have been the lead agency for THRIVE and wish them well as they become an independent organization providing Training and Technical Assistance for Trauma-Informed, Family Driven, and Youth Guided services across the nation!