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Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

Year: 2019

Beginning in 2011, Connecticut launched a seven year effort to transform the child welfare system to be trauma-informed. The majority of children in the child welfare system have been exposed to trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and chronic neglect, however emerging best practices for children exposed to trauma had not yet been implemented in Connecticut or nationally. A federal grant provided an opportunity for Connecticut to apply the concept of a trauma-informed approach to the state’s child welfare system. Today, Connecticut has made significant progress to ensure that children and families involved in the child welfare system are identified and have access to high-quality services. Connecticut is now one of the nation’s leading examples of a trauma informed child welfare system.

View this report on the CHDI website.