The Children’s Shelter puts children first. In 2010, the agency conducted extensive research on the positive impact trauma-informed care could have on the clients and families served by The Children’s Shelter. An internal task force was created and comprised of senior leadership and managerial staff, which selected a model to help transform the organization’s culture and several models specific for service delivery. In 2013, The Children’s Shelter entered into a contract with Community Connections in Washington, DC, to serve as consultants during this Trauma-Informed Care transformation. The Children’s Shelter is developing a comprehensive menu to provide trauma specific services for clients. Some of these include: Trust-Based Relational Interventions®, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment, Regulation and Competency models. “Overcoming Root Causes of Pain”
According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Trauma-Informed Care is defined as: a strengths-based delivery approach that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.