Family Support

Families are foundational for students’ health and wellness. Integrating support for caregivers and families is a part of creating a trauma-informed school. When caregivers feel that they are respected as members of the school community and that the needs of families are valued, schools and caregivers can have more collaborative relationships.

There are many ways that SBHCs can play a vital role in supporting families. When creating trauma-informed supports, addressing whole child needs such as food, housing, and safety help to create a foundation that increases student capacity for healing.

Practices to Increase Family Engagement:

Childcare is very helpful for parents to be able to attend anything outside of school hours.

Standalone workshops can be easier for parents to fit into their schedules than a series of workshops.

Community Health Workers can help families navigate challenging systems.