Foster Care Trauma Awareness Guide

What Is Trauma?

Learning The Answer Can Help You Serve Children Who Have Experienced Hard Things.

Trauma is an actual or perceived experience in which powerful and dangerous stimuli overwhelm a child’s capacity to regulate emotions.
Trauma may be caused by such adverse childhood experiences as:

  • Family separation (abuse, neglect)
  • Stressful pregnancy or birth
  • Natural disaster or catastrophic events