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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

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Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

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For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Trauma-Informed Care

Issues & Solutions

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

The seminal research on trauma’s effects on children was the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

The ACE study, conducted between 1995 and 1997, surveyed more than 17,000 people on their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.

A growing body of research has since developed on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Defining Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is defined less by specific measures than by general principles. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a trauma-informed child and family service system is one in which agencies, programs, and service providers:

  • Routinely screen for trauma exposure and related symptoms
  • Use evidence-based, culturally responsive assessment and treatment for traumatic stress and associated mental health symptoms
  • Make resources available to children, families, and providers on trauma exposure, its impact, and treatment
  • Engage in efforts to strengthen the resilience and protective factors of children and families impacted by and vulnerable to trauma
  • Address parent and caregiver trauma and its impact on the family system
  • Emphasize continuity of care and collaboration across child-service systems; and
  • Maintain an environment of care for staff that addresses, minimizes, and treats secondary traumatic stress, and that increases staff wellness.