Trauma and healing experiences have rippling effects on youth who are living in an out-of-home placement, impacting their out-of-home caregivers and the youth’s placement stability. Tribal child welfare programs help caregivers and youth in tribal foster care to develop healthy relationships that teach, offer support, and facilitate healing when they use trauma-informed strategies that support caregivers and help youth remain connected to their tribes and cultures.  

This resource provides strategies and suggestions for both tribal child welfare programs and caseworkers to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their work supporting kinship and non-relative caregivers.