Families referred to Child Protective Services (CPS) often have complex needs that contributed to an allegation of child maltreatment. Sometimes, these needs are part of larger, ongoing patterns within families that create intergenerational trauma. This study reviewed the case records of 15 families receiving Family Reunification services in Sonoma County to identify patterns within the experiences of trauma for parents and children, previous CPS history, and interventions offered to the family. These quantitative data were compared to the family’s reported needs and willingness to engage in services. The results indicated a relationship between adverse childhood experiences and what families reported as unmet physiological, safety, and relationship needs. These needs also happen to be risk factors for intergenerational trauma. Therefore, addressing these fundamental needs is an essential first step in ending trauma and building resiliency in families. Based on these results, recommendations for policy and practice changes were suggested.
|Commitee:||Mayers Pasztor, Eileen, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Child welfare, CPS, Intergenerational trauma, Trauma, Child maltreatment|
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