Child welfare systems that are trauma informed and healing centered are better equipped to recognize the impact of trauma on children, youth, and caregivers and respond to it, supporting whole families' ability to thrive. In these systems, child welfare professionals understand that families are essential in preventing and recovering from trauma while also acknowledging that all families experience trauma differently.

Trauma-informed agencies improve child welfare outcomes, including fewer children requiring crisis services or residential treatment; decreased prescriptions for psychotropic medications; fewer foster home placements, including reentries; and enhanced overall child functioning and well-being.

Because trauma intersects with culture, history, race, and language, trauma-informed systems are culturally responsive to the needs of the diverse families they serve. Child welfare professionals should adopt an approach focused on healing and resiliency that acknowledges the multigenerational effects of historical and racial trauma. Agencies should aim to authentically engage with parents and caregivers and meet them where they are to equitably support them in building the capacity to protect and nurture their children.

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