The Need for Trauma-Informed Care


According to a study by the National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly half of all kids in the United States have experienced one or more traumatic events. As a result, parents and caregivers alike need to utilize new strategies to provide comprehensive care in ways that build trust, facilitate connection, and allow children to thrive.

This 90-minute course is designed to equip extended family members, friends, and respite care providers to engage well and meet the needs of foster and adopted kids. The following videos and content cover basic physiologic and behavioral responses to trauma, some insights into foster care and adoption, and simple but effective ways to help this population feel safe and succeed.

Example Curriculum

  Introduction
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  Module 1 - Understanding Childhood Trauma
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  Module 2 - Understanding Foster & Adopted Kids
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  Module 3 - Trust Based Relational Intervention
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  Module 4 - Providing Trauma-Informed Care
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  Additional Resources
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Course Instructors

Tiffany Loeffler, DPT

Tiffany has been an advocate for vulnerable children since 2010 and has extensive training in trauma-informed care. Over the past decade she has worked closely with local agencies and nonprofits, been involved in launching and leading several church-based foster care & adoption ministries, and is the Founder/Director of The Alliance. Tiffany and her husband Matt live in Northern California with their 2 children who were adopted from Haiti in 2017. In addition to nonprofit work, Tiffany has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and still treats patients on a limited basis. She loves animals, mystery novels, and being outdoors.

Heidi White

Heidi's passion for foster care and adoption began when she was 15 years old after watching a situation unfold in her neighborhood. She went on to receive a degree in Sociology and began her career working at a local foster family agency. She first served as an adoptions clerk and then as a group home staff. Currently Heidi is a certified TBRI Practitioner, a CASA, and the Educator/Church Relations Director at The Alliance. Her role at The Alliance allows her to equip families and churches to bring hope and healing to the kids in their care. Heidi enjoys coffee with friends, being out in nature, and reading a good book.

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