The Chadwick Center leads and participates in several initiatives funded by state and federal grants to assist professionals in many fields by providing tools that inform about evidence-based practices, trauma in children, and child maltreatment reporting, prevention and treatment:
The ACTS project was developed to support child welfare system leaders in finding their own unique path to advancing trauma-informed care (TIC) in a way that is collaborative, inclusive, evidence-informed, compassionate, implementation- and sustainment-focused. We’ve put together a “menu” of TIC elements based on literature reviews and input from field leaders (please see below), which serves as a framework for system leaders to partner with the ACTS team to advance TIC in their systems.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) supports the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system by providing child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs, as well as guidance on how to make critical decisions regarding selecting and implementing programs. This project is funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP).
The California Assessment, Screening, and Treatment (CASAT) Initiative will focus on improving the social and emotional well-being of children in the child welfare system who have been impacted by trauma. This will be done by supporting the development of an organized system of integrated services among child welfare and mental health agencies and improving access to culturally appropriate trauma-informed and evidence-informed services. This statewide project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.
Center for Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Policies, Programs, and Practices (TIPs Center)
The TIPs Center is a Category II Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration from 2016 to 2021.
The goal of the TIPs Center is to provide support for trauma-informed (TI) knowledge and skills to permeate into child welfare (CW) organizational cultures, at all levels and among all roles, resulting in positive sustainable changes in the systems, policies, and practices which lead to better outcomes for children and families served by these systems. The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) is being transformed into new curricula for use with specific targeted segments of the CW system workforce including caseworkers, supervisors, leaders (directors and managers), and support staff (receptionists, case aides, etc.). Information on how culture and trauma intersect is being wound into each of the curricula and a consultation/coaching framework for supervisors to support practice and systems change is also being developed. The TIPs Center is developing a system for training trainers across the country in these curricula and will provide continued support to these rostered trainers. Thoughtful consideration is being given to how to roll the adaptations out to communities that have already received the initial CWTTT training. For more information on the TIPs Center, please contact Project Co-Director, Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other recent SAMHSA-funded NCTSN projects at Chadwick Center include The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP) and its dissemination and implementation continuation project (CTISP-DI) which were funded from 2010-2016. CTISP revised the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT 2nd ed.) and created the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit and CTISP-DI used this knowledge base to work closely with five strategically located “Supercommunities” to help move their wider community child welfare systems towards becoming a multidimensional, evidence-based, trauma-informed systems that were better able to meet the unique needs of children and families involved in the child welfare system. The end products from both CTISP and CTISP-DI can be accessed at https://ctisp.wordpress.com/ .
The Chadwick Center has been honored to be a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2000.
The Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (WRCAC) is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to provide training and technical assistance to professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. WRCAC serves existing and developing child advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams, and communities working to improve their response to child abuse in thirteen western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. WRCAC’s efforts are guided by the firm belief that a trauma-informed, coordinated community response that brings investigative and services agencies together in a multi-disciplinary team is the best way to achieve the missions of each agencies and, at the same time, best serve the interests of child victims.
WRCAC offers the following services to build the capacity of communities and states to respond to child abuse allegations and increase the number of children served through the child advocacy center model:
Local, state and regional trainings for professionals involved in the investigation of and response to child maltreatment, including law enforcement officers, child welfare workers, mental healthcare workers, medical providers, forensic interviewers, victim advocates, agency directors and others.
Customized technical assistance to strengthen existing and emerging child advocacy centers and state chapters of the National Children’s Alliance, with a special focus on tribal communities and those serving American Indian/Alaskan Native children and youth in rural, urban, and tribal jurisdictions.
Collaboration with regional and national partners to develop and implement best standards of practice and provide coordinated support to the child advocacy center movement.
Publications and accessible resources for professionals seeking evidence-based practices, protocols and information to guide their work.