In This Issue



This issue of Youth Development eUpdate focuses on trauma-informed care and child welfare practice. The developing adolescent brain, recognition of the impact of trauma on brain development, and a deeper understanding of the link between trauma and mental health underscore the need for youth serving systems to consider the multitude of influences on the behavior of distressed youth, and embrace a trauma-informed system of care.


Youth Corner

How much do you know about the helping youth advocate for themselves?  Did you know there are dos and don’ts that can help youth more effectively share their personal story with purpose?



Trauma-focused values are attentive to a healing and safe environment and to the impact of the work on professionals engaged in the care of youth who have survived trauma. These resources can help advance this approach in working with youth in child welfare, helping youth learn to advocate for themselves, and address vicarious trauma experienced in CW professions.



Check out some of the important work being done around the country through Webinars, summits, and e-learning events that focus on trauma-informed care.


NYTD Corner

Are you partnering with youth to implement NYTD in your state? NYTD-focused youth work groups can help states meet the challenges. The Children’s Bureau prepares for the 2012 National Youth in Transition Database Technical Assistance Meeting as states review their data from the first set of surveys and prepare to apply the results. Save the date: August 8 - 10, 2012, in Washington, DC.