Families who open up about their trauma are taking an emotional risk. Listening and responding in a non-judgmental way sets the right tone for their healing journey. As you think about how to help children and families with trauma, consider the following:
Let families lead the way in their healing journey
Children and their caregivers know what’s best for them. Working together to think about what supports they need is the best way to ensure they can heal from their trauma.
Offer connections to services that are individualized and culturally relevant
Families are more likely to engage with services and providers that resonate with their culture and preferences.
Provide warm handoffs and follow-up with the family
To make sure children and their caregivers stay engaged in services, it’s important to: