Introduction

Note: The field of trauma and trauma-informed care, and trauma-informed practice is constantly evolving and expanding. The information in this chapter is intended to give judges a basic understanding of the topic to help manage child protection cases in a trauma-informed manner. Through the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care and other initiatives, the Texas child welfare system is actively working to transform the system to one that is trauma-informed and responsive to the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing the effects of trauma.