The Children's Commission is committed to support child welfare system efforts to shift toward trauma-informed practice by working with DFPS and system stakeholders to 1) better identify training needs for judges and attorneys; 2) develop and promote training and tools for trauma- informed care; 3) continue the focus on child well-being and permanency; and 4) liaise with and participate as a partner in the various trauma-informed workgroups and collaboratives.
Video: Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Following the Trauma-Informed Care survey and report issued last year by Texas CASA, the Children’s Commission, in partnership with Texas CASA and the Shield Ayers Foundation, created a one-hour training to help introduce trauma-informed care to Attorneys ad Litem, Guardians ad Litem and CASA volunteers. The presentation includes strategies for advocating for children in courtrooms, schools, and placements to meet each child’s unique needs. There is also discussion about how trauma influences a child’s ability to communicate about the case and how to appropriately respond to a child's trauma-related behaviors. This training was recorded in front of a live audience at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse on September 27, 2016, and was presented by Elizabeth Watkins, JD, Regional Attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Please link here for Resources and Reports on trauma-informed care.