Heart to Heart: Child Specialist visits ACU

Abilene, Texas (KRBC)-What looks like a typical conference is a lifeline for some professionals involved with the foster care system.

"We were contacted by Network 1:27 to provide training and motivation for their network of foster care agencies, adoption agencies, working with children from hard places," said child specialist Katie Thornton.

Katie Thornton came from TCU to help teach people working in foster care about communicating with difficult children.

"We're talking about trauma informed care and strategies that staff members can use with each other, but also strategies they can use to help kids during times of transition," said Thornton.

Because times of transition are common for a child in the system changing homes and schools regularly.

"We empower and equip the adult, the professional to be able to help the child regulate what their needs are, so they feel precious and valued and content," said Thornton.

An important skill to have when working with foster kids, according to Thornton.

"We teach them how to read behaviors and how to be detectives of what behaviors are really telling us, because there's a need internally or in the environment behind every behavior that we see in kids that have experienced trauma,"

The conference goes until tomorrow afternoon.


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