Why Our Work Matters

Childhood trauma can cause a multitude of short-term and long-term problems for those who have experienced it. According to SAMHSAS’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by the age of 16 and more than 12%  of children have experienced four or more trauma events by the time they reach adulthood, significantly affecting their physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development.

At Chester Street Foundation, we know education is a critical component to helping traumatized children on their road to recovery.

2023 Annual Impact Report

2023 IRS Form 990

training participants since 2018
• 76% new participants
• 60% in-person participants
• 40% on-demand participants
• 24% more than 1 training
Low-income families benefited from CSF-trained professionals in 2023

Positive Results

Our TraumaTALKS trainings benefit anyone working directly or indirectly with children and youth, especially K-12 educators, mental health professionals, foster parents, healthcare workers, and staff members of child-focused agencies.

have used their new skills to serve the children they work with who have experienced trauma
say the training improved their approach to working with children
feel more confident working with children who have experienced trauma
say they are better able to identify trauma responses in children

Participating Organizations

We are grateful to the following organizations who have supported a TraumaTALKS training to ensure their staff and team members have the foundational skills necessary to support the children they serve.