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. Trauma-informed care is an evidence-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 approach refers to how a program, agency, organization, or community thinks about and responds to those who have experienced or may be at risk of experiencing trauma; it refers to a change in the organizational culture. In this approach, all organization components 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 seeking assistance, focusing on “safety first” and a commitment to “no harm,” and facilitating participation and meaningful involvement of consumers and families and trauma survivors in planning services programs.
A trauma-informed program, organization, or system realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for healing. It 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. A trauma-informed approach also understands the impact working with victims of trauma has on responders and service providers.
In October of 2012, Brevard Family Partnership began developing a system transformation project that entailed establishing a framework for incorporating trauma-informed care (TIC) across the community of practice. This transformation initiative aims to build and foster broad community awareness and knowledge regarding the impact of trauma on children and families and upon those who serve and care for them. To the extent possible, it also requires closely knit collaborative relationships with other public sector service systems (Harris and Fallot, 2001).
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 by being trauma-informed in our approach to care, to lessen the impact of trauma on 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, instill motivation for successful living, achieve life dreams, and establish critical, meaningful, and positive lasting connections for youth aging out of foster care.