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By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island for infusing a trauma-focused approach for child safety was showcased at the national conference this past weekend sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America.
The model was developed in partnership with Family Service of Rhode Island, the Providence Police and the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families. It includes a focus on prevention and early intervention as well as a 24/7 response to trauma. It features a Family Service of Rhode Island worker riding along with the police on routine patrols as well as during narcotic raids.
“When a child and family enter into a state’s child welfare system it is usually the result of abuse, neglect, crime, violence or something related,” said Susan Erstling, head of Family Service of Rhode Island’s trauma and loss center and one of the presenters at the conference. “The idea is to move quickly to respond to the stress to lessen potential lasting effects.”
“I consider Family Service of Rhode Island, the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the Providence Police to be leaders when it comes to infusing the trauma-informed approach into the work of child welfare,” said Julie Collins of the Child Welfare League of America.