Removal from home is often only the latest in a series of traumas children coming into the child welfare system have experienced. Abuse, neglect, homelessness, neighborhood violence, and other ordeals cause hurts that can last a life-time—unless we intervene effectively.
In October 2012, the DC Child and Family Services Agency won a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to make trauma-informed treatment the foundation of serving children and youth in the District child welfare system. We have taken up the challenge of becoming highly effective in helping kids to heal and thrive. This blog chronicles our journey.