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Trauma is defined as a response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences. It is estimated that 90% of children in foster care have experienced some type of traumatic event. Nearly 50% of the foster population has reported exposure to four or more types of traumatic events. 

These statistics are sobering. We at JFO understand the challenges that trauma presents for fostered and adopted children as well as their caregivers. This is why we offer trauma training and resources for parents and caregivers that provide the tools to nurture and support the children in their care. 


Cultivate Connection (formerly Empowered to Connect Parent Training) courses rooted in the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at Texas Christian University. This 10-week course for parents and caregivers meets weekly for 2 hours in person or online.



Distinguish the difference between stress and trauma and how both play a role in PTSD. Articulate percentages of males and females who have encountered at least one traumatic event and how their responses may differ. Recognize that stress and trauma can happen to both an individual and a community.

Identify causes of community trauma including poverty, societal inequities, violence, fires, and severe weather.


Critique how standard support in a community trauma can help or hinder recovery for the community and its individuals.

Discuss ways to provide alternative care to those with PTSD in the midst of community trauma.

Workshop learning objectives: 

  • Recognition of Trauma as both an individual and community issue and how they intertwine.


  • Provide experiential learning about mental models, and trauma webs.


  • Analyze behavior of clients to assess signs of both community and individual trauma.


  • Build partnerships with others using trauma informed care. 

To sign up for our Trauma Training Workshop Click Here





The Adoption & Foster Care Journey 

The Empowered Parent Podcast 

The Adoption Connection 

Honestly Adoption


The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis 

The Connected Parent by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls

Orphans No More—A Journey Back to the Father by Sandra Flach

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