Issue Briefs

Translating Trauma-Informed Principles into Trauma-Responsive Practices

Research on trauma has produced two certain conclusions. First, trauma is prevalent. More than half of Americans report having at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE),1 and many adults also endure …

Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (T-SBIRT)

It is estimated that over 70% of the population worldwide has experienced a traumatic event.1 Based on rapidly expanding insights into the scope and consequences of trauma exposure, trauma-informed care has become …

Supporting Safe, Stable, and Healthy Housing

Housing provides a foundation for health, well-being and prosperity. However, many families in the child welfare system lack reliable access to an affordable home. In this issue brief we highlight how housing is linked to child safety, permanence …

Assessing Well-Being in Child Welfare

Most children and adolescents that enter the child welfare system have been exposed to multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse and neglect. As a result, they often present with …

Engaging Families in Home Visiting

Home visiting programs provide support and services to enhance the health and well-being of children and their caregivers, particularly in vulnerable and economically disadvantaged populations. Research indicates that home visiting services can promote …

Asking Sensitive Questions

Human service providers ask clients questions to understand their backgrounds, identify their strengths and needs, and build rapport. Many clients have been exposed to significant adversities and traumatic events that undermine …

Integrating PCIT into Child Welfare Services

Across home, day care, school, mental health, and social service settings, many young children present with externalizing problems such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, and inattention. Caregivers, teachers, and even treatment providers often struggle to manage …