About Us

The Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma (CCWT) is a resource for child-serving organizations in Massachusetts, delivering trauma-informed and responsive (TIR) information, tools, and training.

The CCWT was established by the Massachusetts legislature in 2021 following recommendations made by the Office of the Child Advocate’s Childhood Trauma Task Force. The task force’s framework, including guiding principles and action steps, is available through the CCWT to these child-serving organizations as they support children and families.

Audrey Smolkin
Executive Director Audrey Smolkin, MPP
photo credit: Worcester Telegram and Gazette

The Office of the Child Advocate has partnered with ForHealth Consulting, the consulting arm of the UMass Chan Medical School, to develop the CCWT and be a supportive resource to all child-serving organizations. The Center is led by Executive Director, Audrey Smolkin. Ms. Smolkin has over 20 years of experience in child and family programs and policies with an expertise in trauma and more recently, a focus on racial equity, racial trauma, and resilience.

The CCWT provides a road map for organizations to follow on their journey of becoming more TIR, which will best serve children and help them thrive and grow into healthy adults. Among other resources on this site, you can:

We are glad you are here, and we want to learn from you as well. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them to: childwellbeingtrauma@umassmed.edu

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