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Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care

The Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care endeavors to raise awareness about Trauma-Informed Care through training and educational opportunities; to lead a statewide collaborative to create a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive child welfare system that better meets the needs of children families who have experienced trauma; and to partner with other Texas and national trauma-informed workgroups and collaboratives.

In July 2017, the Children’s Commission launched the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) to elevate trauma-informed policy and practices in the Texas child welfare system by creating a statewide strategy to support system reform, organizational leadership, cross-systems collaboration, and community-led efforts with data-informed initiatives. The SCTIC centered its first phase of work around these four concepts with the goal of developing a plan for transforming the child welfare system. 

Based on the work of the SCTIC during the development phase, the Children’s Commission published a final report in February 2019 entitled Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint. The Trauma Blueprint provides a roadmap for the Texas child welfare system to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive and invites innovation and improvement in the approach to trauma-informed care in both the public and private sectors.

The SCTIC work continued under the guidance of an Implementation Task Force. Recently, through a grant partnership with the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, the SCTIC work has focused on supporting several court sites to implement trauma-informed projects in child protection courts. Each court site has a lead judge who has convened a court team made of key collaborative partners to implement projects with the goal of addressing child and family safety through a trauma-informed lens.

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Please visit the sections below to learn more about current projects or visit the Reports & Resources page for recent publications.


The Blueprint focuses on nine Guiding Principles to create a trauma-informed child welfare system. These Guiding Principles and correlating strategies inform the work of the SCTIC Implementation Task Force, as well as provide principles for all interested stakeholders to center their trauma work around.


The Implementation Task Force was created to oversee the implementation of the strategies set forth in the Blueprint. The Implementation Task Force set global priorities for the SCTIC, established workgroups to carry out these priorities, and monitored progress of the workgroups to help ensure successful implementation. The Implementation Task Force was chaired by the Honorable Judge Carlos Villalon, Judge of the Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley West.

In 2019, the Task Force created three workgroups to begin the implementation work of the Blueprint. Workgroup members are responsible for prioritizing the strategies and creating and executing work plans. The workgroups Policy & Practice, Training, and Information Sharing, Data, & Funding each completed large projects during the initial phase of implementation.

For additional resources, please visit the Reports and Resources page, Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care. 

  • 2021 Judicial Trauma Institute - The Judicial Trauma Institute was presented live on April 22-23, 2021 via webcast. The content was designed by Commission staff in partnership with the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) Training Workgroup and hosted by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. The goal of the conference was for judicial teams to gain information and discover practical tools and resources about how to become a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive court in CPS cases. Video replays and conference materials can be accessed on the Judicial Trauma Institute webpage.