May 27, 2020
During normal times, child welfare systems often face challenges implementing the positive youth development principles, resilience-building strategies, and knowledge about adolescent development that will prepare teens to overcome risks and be their best selves into practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stressors that require us to double down on sensitively addressing trauma and creating protective, enriching environments for adolescents and their families. Implementing a new model of trauma-sensitive practice can transform our approach to ensuring every adolescent in foster care can launch into adulthood prepared to thrive. You are encouraged to bring your most challenging questions about how to better meet the needs of adolescents in your system both during and after the pandemic.