Stay-At-Home Orders and Trauma-Informed Care
May 18, 2020 by Jonathan Reid
Fostering Hope helps churches care for children and families impacted by foster care, especially by assisting them to make service to the foster and adoptive care community a sustainable part of the ministry culture of their church. We believe that one indispensable part of a sustainable culture is a trauma-informed culture.
Children who have experienced hard things such as adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s), maltreatment, and other traumas sometimes display challenging behaviors and emotions rooted in their trauma history. The current disruptions to our children’s routines and relationships coupled with underlying fears about COVID19 only add to the challenge. Engaging our youth in light of this is critically important for their hope and healing. And thankfully, hope and healing are possible as we create cultures of felt-safety, trust, and loving connection…all values consistent with our faith!
We recently collaborated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Kid’s Net program to deliver 4 virtual trauma-informed care training sessions for foster and adoptive families within our network and within the broader community. More than 80 households joined us to receive practical knowledge and tools to help them care for children impacted by complex trauma.
For those of you who missed the training, we are excited to be joining with Kid’s Net and The Forgotten Initiative Quincy to sponsor a virtual edition of the Empowered to Connect Conference. This conference is a two-day conference designed to help parents, caregivers, and professionals better understand how to create safe healing places for children and youth. It’s specifically helpful for adoptive and foster families caring for children who come from hard places. This year the conference is at your own pace! Simply register by May 21 and later in May you receive a link to access the 2-days worth of content. Register here!