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October 2019Vol. 20, No. 8Spotlight on Trauma-Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences

This issue of CBX highlights how trauma-informed approaches can help to mitigate the effects of the adverse experiences children involved with child welfare often face. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, that emphasizes the importance of strengthening families and making sure they have the supports they need during times of adversity to help prevent trauma. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications for professionals and families related to trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences.

News From the Children's Bureau

Read about trauma-informed approaches aimed at serving fathers during reentry, preventing teen pregnancy, and promoting self-regulation, as well as information on a newly updated toolkit for child welfare professionals about substance use and co-occurring disorders among families involved with child welfare. Also included are the latest updates to the CB website.

Child Welfare Research

We highlight a study about the effectiveness of a trauma-informed initiative aimed at improving the social-emotional well-being and developmentally appropriate functioning of children and families as well as a study on the impact of a training for resource parents on their sensitivity to children's trauma-related behavioral and emotional issues.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other resources that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This section of CBX provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.