Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
So what should you know about trauma? To answer this question this article draws on information found in Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents (2010) by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Children who have experienced traumatic events
need to feel safe and loved. All parents want to
provide this kind of nurturing home for their
children. However, when parents do not have an
understanding of the effects of trauma, they may
misinterpret their child’s behavior and end up
feeling frustrated or resentful. Their attempts to
address troubling behavior may be ineffective or,
in some cases, even harmful.
Annual foster parent and professionals conference presented by Hollyburn, Family Services of Greater Vancouver and Adoption Services of BC. Each year we have a new keynote speaker presenting on various topics related to caring for kids.