Children and Youth


APA Task Force on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents
American Psychological Association
The Task Force offers resources and best practice guidance for mental health professionals, policymakers, teachers and others who interact regularly with children who have experienced trauma.

Child Sexual Abuse Resources
Advocates for Youth

Child Sexual Abuse I: An Overview of Statistics, Adverse Effects, and Prevention Strategies

Child Sexual Abuse II: Fostering Resilience and Taking a Realistic Approach to Prevention

These PDFs offer abundant data on child abuse and survivors. They support the idea that recovery from past trauma is possible. They offer strategies to help empower youth and survivor healing, and state the importance of education and training for parents and professionals in order to prevent future abuse and facilitate healing.

Helping Children with Disabilities Cope with Disaster and Traumatic Events
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Center for Disease Control offers resources on how to help children with disabilities cope with traumatic events. They offer a wide variety of resources on different types of traumatic events and communities.

Changing Minds: The Campaign to End Childhood Trauma
Futures Without Violence 
Developed by Futures Without Violence in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, this project aims to educate about childhood trauma, advance programs that help keep youth safe, and to grow leadership in similar fields. There are short video clips as well as a link to the campaign, Changing Minds Now.

The Impact of Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences on Child Health
American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Roy Wade’s PowerPoint presentation to the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference outlines how poverty affects different aspects of children’s health and development. It describes an expansion of ACEs to better understand the context of poverty and trauma.

Complex Trauma Resources
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Guides and resources for dealing with complex trauma. The term complex trauma describes both children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places. Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This video outlines some of the needs that arises among LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma. It reviews the elements of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for traumatized youth as a service provider. The video resource is accompanied by a discussion guide which can be used as a training tool in service provision settings.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places. Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This series offers concrete strategies and recommendations for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.
5 webinars on trauma informed care for LGBTQ youth (must create log in)

Culture and Trauma Brief: Trauma Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network promotes culturally competent trauma treatments and practices for children and adolescents exposed to trauma, and disseminates its findings through factsheets, culture and trauma briefs, and reports. This report on trauma affecting sexual minorities presents strategies for helping survivors access services. It contains statistics on trauma in the LGBTQ youth community and outlines best practices for cultural competency among treatment providers.

Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at Massachusetts Advocates for Children
MA Advocates for Children
TLPI advocates for “trauma-sensitive schools” and brings the voices of educators from its work in schools and the voices of parents from its cases to work for laws and policies that provide schools with the knowledge and resources they need to meet the needs of all children.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Website
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Administration for Children and Families which is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, promotes economic and social well-being of communities and individuals through leadership and resources. This website includes research, grants, and resources on the broad topic of child trafficking. To locate specific government resources, reports, and research on trafficking, visit this page: