These are children and teenagers who have gone through some form of abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, mental). In the last 22 years of our work with kids and teens in Christian and Non-Christian contexts, we began to see the need to deal with EMOTIONAL TRAUMA. First, in India there is lack of awareness about this. Second, there are not many professional places to deal with this. We have been passionately working with kids and teens, but we strongly sense the leading to get into a place of Professional Care (evidence based research and strong biblical foundations).
IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Traumatic events such as neglect, loss, abuse and abandonment are often experienced by orphans and vulnerable children. As a result, it impacts the developmental area of a growing child. It can affect a child by impacting how they relate, communicate, attach and behave. Due to such past traumatic events, orphans and vulnerable children must be looked after by meeting
their needs through intentional caregiving strategies.
WHY TRAUMA-COMPETENT CARE?
The foundation of trauma-competent care is based on the understanding that trauma impacts neurological functioning. Traumatic events affect many aspects of the child’s life and can lead to secondary problems. (e.g. difficulties in school and relationships, or health-related problems.)
This impacts children’s overall development in several areas, such as expressive language and the ability to calm themselves and manage their different feelings. Children need more than a “time heals all wounds” approach to promote healing and restoration.