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The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recognizes the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect. The need to address trauma is increasingly viewed as an important component of effective service delivery. The impact of trauma is experienced by children, families, caregivers, and the social service providers who serve them.

DFPS is providing this training opportunity to assist families, caregivers and other social service providers in fostering greater understanding of trauma informed care and child traumatic stress. We hope this will help you understand the effects that trauma can have on child development, behaviors, and functioning, as well as recognize, prevent and cope with compassion fatigue.

In order to receive credit for the training, you must:

  • Complete the whole training.
  • Make at least a 70% on the post-test.
  • Print the Certificate of Completion of Trauma Informed Care Training at the end of the training.
  • Provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion of Trauma Informed Care Training to your child-placing agency or residential operation.

After you complete the training, you will also be able to download a copy of the DFPS Trauma Informed Care training to use as a guide. (Right click on link, Save Target As)

Additional Information for Child-Placing Agencies and Residential Operations

This online training satisfies the requirements of Residential Child Care Contract Attachment C B502.03 as long as residential child care providers and foster parents comply with the additional requirements as stated below:

B502.03 Each direct care staff must receive trauma informed care training annually. Each newly hired direct care staff must receive trauma informed care training within 60 days of hire or foster home verification. Certification of completed trauma informed care training must be placed in staff and foster parent records containing the training staff signature, completion date and number of hours. STAR Health Trauma Informed Care training is available at no cost at the following website: http://www.fostercaretx.com/about-us/centene-corporation/training/.

Note: No minimum hours of trauma informed care training is required. Hours earned for trauma informed care training may be counted towards pre-service training requirements.

Additional Information for DFPS Foster Adopt Homes

Each foster and adoptive parent must receive trauma informed care training annually. Each prospective foster parent or adoptive parent must receive trauma informed care training prior to foster home verification or adoptive home approval.