The Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. (ATN) is honored to receive a grant through the Conrad N. Hilton foundation for improving and developing resources for children and families impacted by early childhood trauma. The $250,000 grant will be focused on accomplishing two things in 2020:
- The development of a comprehensive, searchable directory of trauma-informed professionals and resources across the US and around the world that will be housed on ATN’s website and available to the public.
- The creation and re-development of materials for parents/families under ATN’s PATH Framework (Promoting Attachment and Trauma Healing). This will include new webinars and education “bundles” for parents and those who work with parents and parent groups, as well as more engagement activities and resources for ATN’s members.
“I’m especially excited to supply parents of children impacted by trauma with educational materials that fit their needs. And to help the social workers, educators and community leaders working with families to understand the importance of trauma-informed, attachment-focused parenting strategies to really help at-risk children,” says Ginger Healy, ATN’s Parenting Program Director. In addition to various parent-focused bundles, there will be materials targeted to child welfare workers, adoption professionals and teacher/school personnel who support parents.
The online searchable resource directory has long been on ATN’s wishlist. “For at least a decade,” explains Julie Beem, ATN’s Executive Director, “we’ve been dreaming of an online solution to providing up-to-date, comprehensive information on therapists, treatment centers, parenting coaches and all types of trauma-informed services. For all of our 25 years, we’ve been gathering data on as many resources as we can, but now, through this grant and the technology, the public will have the data at their fingertips.”
In addition to the generous grant from the Hilton Foundation, Salesforce donated their CRM and Non-Profit Success Pack as part of their Power of Us Program. This technology donation is the basis of the overall technology upgrade and buildout of the resource directory that will help anyone who uses ATN’s online resources for years to come.