The Tale of Two Counties United by Their Pursuit of the Best Interest of Children Through Trauma-Informed Practice



This chapter identifies innovative implementation for developing trauma-informed child welfare systems. Two counties are profiled, one from a centralized child welfare system and the other from a decentralized system, and their efforts to infuse trauma-informed practices to address the impact of trauma to children, families and communities. Each offers a systemic model that demonstrates positive outcomes in reducing out-of-home placements, increasing permanency and simultaneously addressing child well-being. These two models demonstrate the necessity for leadership, workforce resiliency and moving beyond training into actual implementation that moves toward evidence-based child welfare practices.


Trauma-informed child welfare system models Evidence-based child welfare practice Workforce resiliency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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