Trauma-Informed Support for Children
As CASA Advocates, we are all working with children that have experienced trauma. While there is no “magic wand” to deal with childhood trauma, advocates can help support recovery for children. Hopefully, by the time you’re involved in a child’s life, the courts have already ensured safety for the child, the first step to working through trauma. Part of your role as a CASA, building a connected relationship, is the number one way to regulate a child’s nervous system and create safety. For some of the children we work with, there may have never been a trustworthy adult in their life, and connection to a steady, kind and appropriate advocate can help children deal with the trauma in their lives. Responding to a child in a trauma-informed way takes lots of empathy, patience and compassion, but the life-long effects for a child is worth it!
Source: ACEsConnection. (2018). Trauma-Informed Support for Children - A Follow Up to "What Lies Beneath Behavior?". [online] Available at: http://www.acesconnection.com/blog/trauma-informed-support-for-children-a-follow-up-to-what-lies-beneath-behavior [Accessed 22 May 2018].