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Announcing the new Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma


We are thrilled to officially launch the Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma, a joint project between the Office of the Child Advocate and UMass Chan Medical School!

You can learn more about the Center on our new website or by viewing our flyer. The website is full of resources, information, and toolkits aimed at supporting child-serving organizations. It also features trainings and guides that will help promote learning and information sharing. Please help us spread the word by sharing this new website with others who may find it helpful.

As we launch this new Center, we are looking for child-serving organizations interested in becoming more trauma-informed and responsive to partner with us as we build out a variety of training, coaching, and professional learning community pilot projects this year. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more and potentially partnering with us this year.

We also want to highlight innovative work and models across the state, to help promote knowledge sharing and dissemination of promising practices. If you are doing work that you think we should know more about, please get in touch! We also invite you to share information about trainings or webinars your organization may be doing in this space, particularly any that may be open to the wider public.

The Center Offers:

  • Information about adverse and positive childhood experiences
  • Best practices for becoming trauma-informed and responsive
  • Trainings, toolkits, and other resources

Please take a moment to look at our offerings and reach out either through our website or at

Together, we can make Massachusetts more trauma-informed and responsive.


Maria Mossaides, JD, MPA, Director, Office of the Child Advocate

Audrey Smolkin, MPP, Executive Director, Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma, ForHealth Consulting, UMass Chan Medical School

Melissa Threadgill, MPP, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives, Office of the Child Advocate