Trauma-informed care is a critical aspect of providing support to children in foster care. However, it is not just individual traumatic experiences that impact children in foster care. Systemic trauma, such as racism and poverty, can also have a significant impact on a child's development and well-being. At Anthony's Villa, we are committed to providing trauma-informed care that takes into account the impact of systemic trauma on the children in our care.
Systemic trauma refers to the impact of systems, structures, and policies that perpetuate inequality and oppression. This can include poverty, racism, and other forms of discrimination. Systemic trauma can have a significant impact on children in foster care, particularly those from marginalized communities. It can lead to a range of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, behavioral problems, and mental health issues (Crenshaw, 2018).
At Anthony's Villa, we recognize the impact of systemic trauma on the children in our care. We work to provide a safe and supportive environment where children can feel valued and respected, regardless of their background or experiences. We strive to create a culture of inclusivity and diversity, where all children feel welcome and supported.
Our trauma-informed approach includes training and support for our staff on issues related to systemic trauma. We work to ensure that our staff have the tools and resources they need to provide culturally sensitive care that takes into account the impact of systemic trauma on the children in our care.
Research has shown that trauma-informed care that addresses the impact of systemic trauma can have a positive impact on children's well-being. A study by Brown and colleagues (2019) found that trauma-informed care that addressed the impact of poverty on children in foster care led to improved mental health outcomes and increased academic success.
At Anthony's Villa, we believe that trauma-informed care that addresses the impact of systemic trauma is critical to the success of our work with children in foster care. By providing a safe and supportive environment, investing in training and support for our staff, and addressing the impact of systemic trauma on the children in our care, we are able to provide trauma-informed care that meets the unique needs of each child in our care.
Brown, C., Osborne, M., Doupnik, S., Feudtner, C., & Toomey, S. (2019). Trauma-informed care and mental health outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs and experiences of homelessness and poverty. Academic Pediatrics, 19(8), 861-868. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2019.06.001
Crenshaw, K. W. (2018). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. In The Oxford handbook of feminist theory (pp. 267-281). Oxford University Press.