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4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

At Cornerstones of Care, we are all about trauma-informed care. Top to bottom, our organization uses trauma-informed principles in the way we care for those we serve and the way we interact with each other. But how do these concepts translate outside of work? We asked our training team members to share some of the ways the trauma-informed concepts they teach every day have worked their way into their personal relationships and home lives.

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When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

The most effective intervention we can provide children healing from trauma is strong, enduring relationships with caring adults. When foster parents and birth parents partner in the child's best interest, the child hears, "You're lovable; you matter and we care." The desired outcome is reunification and a lasting friendship between families.

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Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

In the United States approximately two-thirds of children in foster care have a sibling also in care. When siblings are removed from their home and placed in foster care we make every attempt to keep them together. We understand sibling relationships help children achieve developmental milestones as well as provide emotional support, companionship and comfort in times of change. Separating siblings compounds the grief they feel over separation from their parents and the transition to a new home.

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Plants Can Teach Us A Lot

Plants Can Teach Us A Lot

We are in full swing for our upcoming ‘Thyme for Kids’ plant sale, a fundraiser for our horticultural therapy and Build Trybe program. The students enrolled in my class help manage a commercial greenhouse, learn to nurture living things, contribute to a team project, and gain a basic understanding of plant science. We have been growing annuals, perennials, herbs, houseplants, and vegetable transplants to sell to the community. "What makes horticulture therapeutic?” I am asked this question often. I believe it varies from individual to individual.

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Intensive In-Home Services

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Intensive In-Home Services

Every day, an average of 19 youth are removed from their homes in Missouri. The events that lead to a child entering foster care are traumatic enough, but the physical removal from their family compounds that trauma for everyone involved. What if families could get help before things escalated to the point their children need to be removed? Intensive In-Home Services (IIS) are specifically designed to serve families who are experiencing a crisis.

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