Practice Notes #27—Screening for Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare, Winter 2017
Authors: Tseng, A., Barry, K., Bray, C., LaLiberte, T.
Nearly 35 million children (0-17 years) in the United States have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma (NSCH, 2012). The child welfare system becomes involved in the care of approximately one million children — and, unfortunately, a large number of these children have suffered from maltreatment and/or other trauma (NSCH, 2012). Screening for traumatic stress can help identify these children and ensure that they receive appropriate interventions and services.