National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 4/1/2015

8 tips for helping your traumatized child rebuild trust
When a child experiences or witnesses any form of emotional or physical abuse, their trust can become shattered. Trauma survivors may have trouble trusting their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of trauma can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others.

Webinar — Birth Parent Trauma and What Child Welfare Workers Need to Know
May 14, 2015   3-4:30 p.m. (EST)
CWLA, in partnership with the NCTSN, is presenting the webinar series "Advancements in the Field: What's Working?" which addresses current advances in the field of trauma-informed child welfare practice. It will highlight the latest evidence-informed and evidence-based trauma practices in key areas relevant to the work of child welfare. To reserve your webinar seat for this presentation.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCYSN) recently presented the webinar entitled, Understanding the Defending Childhood Initiative: Policy Implications for the Child Trauma Field. The webinar guided participants in understanding the Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI) and its policy implications for the child trauma field. Presenters discussed the history and current status of the DCI and highlighted current and future practice and policy implications for those committed to addressing the needs of children and families exposed to trauma. A recording of the presentation is available at:

5 do's and don'ts to help foster children in school
For children in foster care to succeed in school, foster parents must lead the charge and blaze a path as an advocate, fighting for a child's every chance. In truth, it is likely that foster students will have no other person fighting for them, since a caseworker's workload is overwhelming, and teachers may be too busy to reach out with information or may not have the necessary information about a child's needs. Therefore, it is up to foster parents to be proactive in a child's life at school.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, we have designed a historical timeline of significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States

Teens Work with Legislators to Bring Change
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Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, LCSW
Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare
Executive Director
National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
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