What is trauma-informed care?
Trauma-informed care is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for children and parents. At its core, trauma-informed care helps children rebuild a sense of control and empowerment while disarming the fear created by past trauma.
Why is trauma-informed care important?
All of the children we work with in foster care have suffered past trauma which impacts their mindset. In order to help them heal, we must be able to recognize and understand that any issues they may be experiencing are more likely due to the trauma they have suffered in the past verses a conscious choice they have made in the present. In order for caregivers and service providers to be successful in helping children, they must be able to recognize trauma they may have suffered themselves. Creating a trauma- informed culture makes this possible.
How does DePelchin teach trauma-informed care to foster families?
All of DePelchin’s pre-service, ongoing, and annual training is taught from a trauma-informed perspective. We teach our foster parents to focus on building a connection with their children by helping their children find and use their voice to express their needs.
What are the benefits of trauma-informed care?
- Creating stronger family connections
- Helping children understand realistic pathways to success in their decision making
- Teaching children how to identify triggers and learn the appropriate coping skills to deal with them
- Empowering caregivers to better handle issues with more compassion while also taking things less personally