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By Emily Gaudette, Project Associate – Recruitment Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents (FCSN)

Elementary school aged granddaughter and grandson reading with grandparents The Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), is proud to offer a new training program on complex childhood trauma for foster, kinship and adoptive parents. The program is designed to help parents better understand children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how these events impact learning. This information can empower parents to become more involved with their child’s education and help change their life outcomes for the better.

The term “ACE” was coined by the Centers for Disease Control, based on study results which demonstrated a strong correlation between childhood maltreatment and the risk for negative health conditions. ACEs have a profound impact on the developing brain, and many children in foster care are affected by this condition.Training participants will discuss how childhood trauma affects classwork and social skills. They will also review the trauma-sensitive IEP, and receive support in writing effective goals for social/emotional learning. The curriculum also reviews discipline in schools, including suspension.

RTSC is pleased to collaborate with the MA Department for Children and Families in offering these trainings. For more information on the RTSC’s trainings for foster, kinship and adoptive parents, contact Jane Crecco at jcrecco@fcsn.org or (617) 399-8341. To register for a particular session, contact Emily Gaudette at egaudette@fcsn.org or (617) 399-8342.