Babies and children, families and communities do the research on what it takes for them to flourish. Listen with us to what they’ve been learning. Watch a webinar. Check out the Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative. Join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Learning Network. Join the conversation.
Family Resource Centers
As safe, familiar, and flexible spaces that are so well-positioned to join families wherever they are, and to be responsive to their most pressing priorities, Family Resource Centers (and county, state and National Family Support Networks) are a strong thread in the blanket that all of us who work with infants, children and their families are weaving and reweaving together. BTC offers trainings, workshops, short courses and resources for family resource center providers across the country to scaffold their uniquely potent position in families’ lives and as community connectors.
Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap: A Tool for Talking with Families
Brazelton Touchpoints: Partnering with Families in Recovery
Newborn Behavior Observations for Families in Substance Use Recovery
Navigating Challenging Conversations: Why, What, and How
Beyond Trauma-Informed Care: A Developmental-Relational Framework for Engaging Adults and Children in Healing and Resilience
Supporting Everyone’s Mental Health Workshop Series
For Families: Find resources for families that you can share with expectant parents, parents and other caregivers.
Child Welfare and Protective Services
BTC partners with child welfare social service professionals to build on families’ strengths while sustaining relationships with families whenever possible through the challenges that must be faced. For more than 20 years, we have been working with child protective service professionals to apply Touchpoints strengths-based tenets such as “parents are the experts” and “all parents want to do well by their children” to their work with parents and children involved in child welfare systems.
So many parents struggling to care for their children are also struggling with their own severe trauma histories, mental and physical health and substance use challenges without timely access to effective services. Many are also raising children with developmental delays or disabilities that have not been accurately diagnosed, and, again, without timely access to effective services. These children can be baffling and overwhelming to raise and, as a result, are at greater risk of abuse and neglect. With professionals like you, we are learning to sort through the abuse and neglect labels that get in the way seeing each child and family as individuals who, with the right support, can grow beyond the challenges that may have previously undermined their potential. Together, we have been learning to distinguish parental abuse and neglect of children from cultural variations in childrearing practices, and from societal abuse and neglect.
Find out more about what we at BTC have been learning, and co-create new understandings with us in our training courses and workshops.