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 is one of the DFPS approved Trauma Informed Care Trainings required under Section 13. D) Trauma Informed Care of the Residential Child Care Contract.

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.