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The Goal


The goal of a trauma-responsive, developmentally-informed court is to change the trajectory for children and families who have experienced trauma – "…improving the long-term health and well-being of children and families and disrupting intergenerational cycles of adversity."
(Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. and Carly B. Dierkhising, MA, Juvenile and Family Justice Today, Summer 2013)

CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY

The image shows the how the detrimental impact of adverse childhood experiences can be reversed by using a trauma-informed intervention. Instead of adverse childhood experiences leading to impairments, health-risk behaviors, disease, and possible early death, a trauma-informed intervention can change the trajectory and lead to support and healing, recovery, and a disruption of the intergenerational cycles of adversity.