Trauma Informed Care

Promoting hope, success, and resilience in the lives of children and youth.

What is a Trauma Informed Care System?

A trauma-informed approach refers to how a program, agency, organization, or community thinks about and responds to those who have experienced or may be at risk for experiencing trauma; it refers to a change in the organizational culture. In this approach, all components of the organization incorporate a thorough understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma, the role that trauma plays, and the complex and varied paths in which people recover and heal from trauma. A trauma-informed approach is designed to avoid re-traumatizing those who seek assistance, to focus on “safety first” and a commitment to “do no harm,” and to facilitate participation and meaningful involvement of consumers and families, and trauma survivors in the planning of services and programs. It also requires, to the extent possible, closely knit collaborative relationships with other public sector service systems (Harris and Fallot, 2001).

A definition of trauma-informed approach incorporates three key elements: (1) realizing the prevalence of trauma; (2) recognizing how trauma affects all individuals involved with the program, organization, or system, including its own workforce; and (3) responding by putting this knowledge into practice.

A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for healing; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in staff, clients, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, practices, and settings.

Trauma-informed care is an evidenced based approach and a paradigm shift from one that asks, “What’s wrong with you?” to one that asks, “What has happened to you?”

A trauma informed system also understands the impact working with victims of trauma has on responders and service providers.

Mission and Vision

It is the mission of BFP through its Trauma Informed Care/Positive Youth Development initiative to transform the local system of care into a trauma informed community of practice.  To achieve positive youth development as an outcome of being trauma informed in our approach to care, to lessen the impact of trauma upon children and youth entering the BFP system of care, to promote resilience, sustainability and the health and well-being of children and youth entrusted to our care, to impart hope and instill motivation for successful living and the achievement of life dreams and  to establish critical, meaningful and positive lasting connections for youth aging out of foster care.

ReMoved Video

Originally created for the 168 Film Festival, ReMoved follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.

(Video Credit: www.removedfilm.com)