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Caring for Kids from Hard Places: How to Help Children and Teens with a Traumatic Past



Why doesn’t he act his age? Why does she behave so impulsively? Why does he have meltdowns so often?
There is always meaning behind behavior in all of us. It might be a behavioral reaction from something as simple as hunger or exhaustion. Or something far more serious – a triggered reaction to a traumatic, frightening experience.

Children who have experienced early childhood neglect or trauma are often greatly impacted in developmental ways. Children in foster care or who are given up for adoption often deal with these kinds of negative early experiences and it can be difficult to know how to help. People who teach–either in school or children’s ministry often see these youngsters’ behavior as confusing and don’t understand why.

In Caring for Kids from Hard Places, Jayne and David Schooler discuss the reasons behind why children and teens sometimes exhibit potentially disruptive behavior. Together, they offer practical strategies on training, equipping and resourcing staff and volunteers to provide a responsive environment for children with behavioral challenges. Caring for Kids from Hard Places includes:

Insights on how to understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) 

Principles for creating a trauma-informed environment

Strategies for facilitating healing

Tips on how to create a sensory-smart classroom

Discover how to better love children from difficult backgrounds and pave their way for a better life.

About the Authors

David and Jayne Schooler are recognized nationally and internationally as experts in adoption, foster care, and trauma-informed care. David has served in pastoral and counseling ministry for more than forty-five years. Jayne has been a child welfare trainer for more than thirty-five years and is the author or co-author of eight books.  They are parents by birth and adoption and grandparents of four.


In Loving Memory of Dr. David Schooler


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Help even when they don’t ask.

Kids (and families) need help, even when they don’t reach out. Wherever God is calling you, you can get involved.

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