Parents who experienced childhood trauma


What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

- Created by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, and Oprah Winfrey.


How a Caregiver’s Trauma Can Impact a Child’s Development

When trauma from a caregiver impacts a child, it can create a cycle that extends for generations. While these impacts can be significant and long-lasting, attachment styles aren’t set in stone. People can learn secure attachment at any point in life.

- Created by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM).


Birth Parents with Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System – The Garcias' Story

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

You may be one of the many parents involved with the Child Welfare System who has experienced or witnessed dangerous, even life-threatening, events known as trauma. If so, this resource is for you. It includes facts about trauma that you may find helpful and one parent’s story. 

Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System - The Karen's Story

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Parents’ past or present trauma can make it difficult for them to work effectively with case workers and resource parents toward reunification with their children. Even if you don’t know a parent’s personal history of trauma, your recognizing that trauma may have played a role in their lives will help you more effectively support and work with the entire family.