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Category: Trauma-Informed Care

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music therapy is part of an expressive therapy program at our Ozanam and Gillis campuses, which also includes movement therapy and art therapy. The three facets of the program give the clients, a term the therapists use for the youth they serve, a choice in following their artistic interests. It also provides therapists insight into the youth they serve through their creativity and offers them an outlet for their emotions.

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4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

At Cornerstones of Care, we are all about trauma-informed care. Top to bottom, our organization uses trauma-informed principles in the way we care for those we serve and the way we interact with each other. But how do these concepts translate outside of work? We asked our training team members to share some of the ways the trauma-informed concepts they teach every day have worked their way into their personal relationships and home lives.

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When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

The most effective intervention we can provide children healing from trauma is strong, enduring relationships with caring adults. When foster parents and birth parents partner in the child's best interest, the child hears, "You're lovable; you matter and we care." The desired outcome is reunification and a lasting friendship between families.

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Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

In the United States approximately two-thirds of children in foster care have a sibling also in care. When siblings are removed from their home and placed in foster care we make every attempt to keep them together. We understand sibling relationships help children achieve developmental milestones as well as provide emotional support, companionship and comfort in times of change. Separating siblings compounds the grief they feel over separation from their parents and the transition to a new home.

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Your Foster Parent Journey: Getting Started

Your Foster Parent Journey: Getting Started

As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to help children heal from past trauma by providing a safe and nurturing home. Your guidance and support are invaluable during such a critical time in their lives. But the process of becoming a foster parent can seem daunting–after all, you are bringing a child into your home, so where do you start? How long does it take?

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