Center for Injury Research and Prevention

New Resource Alert: Medical Traumatic Stress Guide for Working with Children in Foster Care

August 24, 2016

nurse practicing trauma-informed care

A new resource developed by the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress in partnership with Northeast Treatment Centers supports nurses and clinicians that provide care to patients in the child welfare system. Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress (PMTS) and Working with the Child Welfare System was created to help healthcare professionals:

  • learn about the child welfare system
  • understand how children in the system may respond to medical experiences and trauma
  • practice trauma-informed care by developing the necessary skills to assess symptoms and risk and effective ways to deliver it

This information is needed due to the unique needs of patients in the child welfare system. According to the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being:

  • 28 percent of children in foster care have a chronic health condition.
  • 12 percent of children in foster care have two or more chronic health conditions.
  • 35 percent of children in foster care have a health condition or special need that makes it difficult to cope.
  • Abuse may cause injury and make the child less likely to trust medical professionals.
  • Separation from parents or other trusted caregivers removes the child's support network during medical procedures.

This free online course provides a 1.0 Continuing Education Credit for nurses.

Access the new course and other tools and resources at