Join the Movement!
The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and Hope Street believe that in order to meet the needs of children, the significant adults in their lives (caregivers, educators, counselors, administrators, anyone who interacts with the child) must be well-versed and practiced in the essential components of trauma-informed care and service.
Growing awareness regarding trauma has led to the development of both trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive practices. Systems become trauma-informed by thoroughly incorporating, in all aspects of service delivery, an understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma and the complex paths to fostering safety, avoiding re-traumatization, and ultimately healing.
Trauma-informed services are designed specifically to avoid re-traumatizing those served as well as those who serve. These services seek “safety first” and commit themselves to “do no harm.” (Harris, M. and Fallot, p. 2., 2001).
(Fallot RD, Harris M. A trauma-informed approach to screening and assessment. In: Harris M, Fallot RD, editors. Using trauma theory to design service systems. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; 2001. pp. 23–31.)
I will uphold the rights of children in care. I commit to fostering safety, avoiding traumatization, and pursuing holistic healing.
I will advocate for children through:
1. Understanding the Impact of Relational Trauma
2. Understanding Racial Stress and Trauma
3. Understanding the Complex Needs of Children in Care
4. Understanding the Central Role of Connection
5. Understanding the Role of Survival Strategies
6. Understanding the Impact of One’s Own Relational History
7. Understanding and Practicing Core Intervention Strategies
8. Understanding and Transforming Systems of Care
Certificate/Social Media (YOUR NEXT STEP)
Once you sign the Bill of Rights, you will receive a certificate. Feel free to take a photo of yourself with your certificate and post to social media, tag Hope Street at:
Email photo to to have your photo posted to Hope Street's Join the Movement section.
Hope Street aims to foster a movement of vertical integration of Top Down and Bottom Up agreement to honor this Bill of Rights in the development of policies, procedures and practices for all children.
At a macro level, signers commit to referring to this living document during program development, problem-solving sessions, and funding decisions.
At a direct service level, signers commit to embodying these rights in practice and service.
Hope Street and its partner, Center for Children's Rights, seek to petition the City of Jacksonville to adopt this Bill of Rights for Children.