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Child Development & Trauma



National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Premiere organization in the field of childhood trauma. Online resources include; information about child development and how it pertains to childhood traumatic experiences, plus data collection and articles related to evidence-based practices.

Advokids: Early childhood development resources that includes current neuroscience research that confirms the devastating effects that instability and placement disruptions have on the brain development of children. Advokids’ hotline, website, and legal trainings equip child advocates with the legal and scientific principles that they need so that they can more effectively.

Trauma & Attachment Clinic: Resources for ‘Developmental Trauma’. Complex PTSD often develops after repeated, severe, interpersonal trauma such as sexual, emotional and physical abuse; neglect during childhood; repeated loss and abandonment; domestic abuse, community violence or being held hostage for a prolonged period of time.

The Impact of Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Approaches: Resources from Dr. Cassie Yackey, a NH psychologist committed to understanding and effectively addressing the impact of traumatic and adverse experiences on children, caregivers/families, and systems.


Social & Emotional Development Resources: Parent Toolkit  produced by NBC News Education Nation that has a variety of resources for children of all ages

Additional Online Resources:

 Child Trauma Academy

Child Welfare League of America

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Family Focused Treatment Focus 


Childhood Trauma Guidebook: From Alia & ANU Family Services:  Healing Guidebook: Practical Tips & Tools for Working with Children & Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma (& for the adults who love them, too)


Helping Traumatized Children- A Brief Overview for Caregivers:

Comprehensive booklet written by expert Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. assists parents, caregivers, teachers and various professionals working with maltreated and traumatized children.


Online Courses:


The Trauma Aware Educator: Free 12 minute online course designed to answer frequently asked questions about the foundational concepts of trauma informed practice for educators and educational leaders.

Multiple FREE webinars, e-Learning Courses & Training Curricula: Put out by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)


Understanding The Impact of Trauma in Early Childhood- The Biological Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Brain Development and Social-Emotional Functioning Online Course: 20 lectures, 43 minute video and certificate of completion.  


Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care: Brain Development, Attachment Theory, and the Critical Importance of Early Experiences for Infants and Toddlers in Out of Home Placement by Mary Allison Brown, 31 page digital book.


Introduction to Mental Health Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood: From ADHD to Anxiety to the ACES Study. Learn about common disorders in childhood and why early experiences matter by Mary Allison Brown, 39 page digital book. 



- The Effects of Toxic Stress On The Brain & Body – How to Heal & Protect


- What's the difference between these two brains?

- Foster Care for Young Children: Why It Must Be Developmentally Informed

- Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development

Trauma, PTSD, and Attachment in Infants and Young Children

PTSD in Children and Adolescents

- Practitioner Review: Clinical applications of attachment theory and research for infants and young children

- Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth


- 10 Therapeutic Approaches to Trauma Rages

- Children with Traumatic Separation

- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

How a Caregiver’s Trauma Can Impact a Child’s Development

- What is Developmental Trauma?

- Bonding and Attachment


- Recognizing Attachment Concerns in Children

Developmental Trauma Close Up

- Effects of a Foster Parent Training Program on Young Children’s Attachment Behaviors: Preliminary Evidence from a Randomized Clinical Trial


- Attachment and the Developing Child

- Nurturing and Attachment 

- Different Types of Parent-Child Relationships

- Maternal Neglect: Oxytocin, Dopamine and the Neurobiology of Attachment

The Story of Bowlby, Ainsworth, and Attachment Theory: The Importance of Early Emotional Bonds

- Effects of Separation on Young Children: Implications for Family Court Decision Making 

- Adoption Trauma

- Moving Children Between Families – Impacts and Ways to Help

- How Teens React to Trauma and How to Help (12 years old to 18 years old)

- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) & Other Attachment Issues: Symptoms, Treatment, and Hope for Children with Attachment Disorders

- Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorders in Children

- Attachment: What works?

- Strengthening self-regulation in childhood may improve resiliency later in life

- Navigating School Challenges with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

General Disclaimer: Thank you for visiting the FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents website. The information on this site is for personal and educational purposes only. Our organization disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the usage or the content of our website or any suggestions from an Alliance representative. Please be sure to double check any referenced laws, rules or regulations as they may have been revised or eliminated. The Child Protection Act RSA 169-C mandates that any person who has reason to suspect that a child is being  abused, neglected, maltreated or exploited must make a report to the proper authorities.  All citizens in the state of NH are mandated as reporters for 169-C , therefore let it be known that  any information that is shared with an Alliance representative, which must be reported within the context of the law in accordance with 169-C, will be reported. If you know a child at risk, please call 9-1-1 and/or the DCYF Central Intake Hotline immediately at: 1-800-894-5533. 

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