• June/July 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 5

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Helping Children Heal From Trauma

For many children, violence is a daily reality. Whether they experience violence as victims, as witnesses, or simply by being aware of violence around them, children need caring adults to help them understand what has happened and begin to heal.

A new guide published by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, Silent Realities: Supporting Young Children and Their Families Who Experience Violence, discusses the ways children of all ages may respond to violent events. It offers concrete suggestions for teachers, parents, family members, foster parents, and professionals to connect with traumatized children and cope with their sometimes difficult behaviors. Finally, the guide offers tips for supporting the adults in children's lives, including parents and front-line staff.

The guide will be available in English and Spanish. Free copies are available from:

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 638-7922
Fax: (202) 828-1028
Email: info@cwresource.org

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Phone: (800) 394-3366
Email: nccanch@caliber.com
Website: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

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