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How Organizations Help Kids Get Ready for Back to School When They Feel Unsafe Returning

As summer winds down, families are starting to get their kids ready for back-to-school preparations. Unfortunately, part of that preparation includes having some difficult conversations. The last few years have been packed with challenges that have directly impacted children and the schools they will return to. 

Topics like gun violence, racial inequality, and global pandemics are immense. In today’s world, families have  to learn how to discuss them with school-age children. It’s difficult for adults to navigate these emotionally charged and traumatic subjects. Expecting a child to be able to do so is additionally challenging.

Organizations that work with children and families can start by being aware of, and sensitive to, the effects that going back to school has on kids during these trying times.…

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How Organizations Can Support LGBTQ Youth Facing Trauma

As an organization that supports children who have experienced trauma, it’s important to remember that every child’s experience is different. Those in the LGBTQ community need your help more than ever to overcome LGBTQ trauma.

June is a time when we celebrate the LGBTQ community. But Pride Month doesn’t end on July 1st. We need to support our children all year. Rainbow flags and pride shirts are a great way to send a message to LGBTQ children that they are supported. But the issues facing LGBTQ youth are staggering. Homelessness, being disowned by their families, substance use, bullying, religious groups trying to “pray the gay away,” and a general feeling that they don’t belong.

There are programs out there for LGBTQ youth.…

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The Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma has been re-funded in the Massachusetts state budget for FY2023

It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that we share that the Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma has been re-funded in the Massachusetts state budget at $3.5 million for the coming fiscal year. This means we will be able to continue our work supporting child-serving organizations in Massachusetts in becoming more trauma-informed and responsive with training, coaching, and technical assistance, and significantly expand the number of organizations we can partner with this year.

This fall, we also plan to launch a coaching and training academy on trauma and resilience — more information on that will be forthcoming!

A huge THANK YOU to those who have made this possible, including:
• Our partner, the Office of the Child Advocate
• The Baker-Polito Administration
• The Massachusetts Legislature
• And all our partners and supporters

We also greatly appreciate our partners in this work, including:
• Department of Children and Families
• Family Resource Centers that participated in our Assessment & Coaching Pilot
• Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
• Congregate Care Spring Cohort
• Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs
• Department of Transitional Assistance
• Department of Housing and Community Development
• Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester
• Rennie Center, the Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium, and BRYT (Thriving Minds)
• Marlborough Public Schools
• Worcester Public Schools
• And many others

We are truly grateful for all your support.…

Audrey Smolkin

An Interview with Audrey Smolkin on the Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma

The HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) team at Tufts Children’s Hospital interviewed Audrey Smolkin, executive director of the Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma, on how the Center came to be, how it addresses the needs of children and families in Massachusetts and the purpose of the Center’s website. Audrey shares, “The mission of all of our work, HOPE, and the Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma needs to be focused on creating an even playing field where we are really all starting from a position of health and ability to contribute to each other.” Read the HOPE interview.

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Launching a New Congregate Care Providers Cohort

The Center for Child Wellbeing & Trauma is collaborating with the Departments of Children and Families and Early Education and Care to assemble a cohort offering free trauma-informed and healing responsive self-assessment and coaching opportunity to congregate care organizations.