Children and Family Futures offers training and technical assistance to help systems implement trauma-informed care at the systems and practice levels for families affected by substance use disorders. We offer resources, webinars, conference presentations, and site visits on this topic, including trauma-informed care walk-through assessments, which assist agencies to measure how trauma-informed they are by identifying trauma triggers and implementing strategies to mitigate them. We have completed these on-site assessments with six family drug court sites nationwide.

Families affected by substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare system need a system of care that recognizes the impact of trauma on their functioning and recovery. Evidence-based trauma services should be provided within the context of an organizational culture that avoids triggering or unintentional re-traumatization for both parents and children. In a trauma-informed organization, every part of the organization – from management to service delivery – has an understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services.

of substance use disorder treatment participants have experienced one or more traumatic events
more likely to have illicit drug use problems among adults with five or more adverse childhood experiences compared to adults without adverse childhood experiences
million adults had co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in 2014


Through federally- and foundation-funded projects, Children and Family Futures and its small business subsidiary, Center for Children and Family Futures, produces publications, reports, Technical Assistance tools and web-based learning for the field. The following are featured resources from our work. For more resources or information related to a specific topic, please visit our resources page or click the “Request Assistance” button below or at the top of the page.

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