Our Mission

Growing awareness of trauma’s impact on families – including the essential roles families play in helping children recover – necessitates further development, evaluation, and dissemination of family informed trauma interventions.  The Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center (FITT) Center partners with families, providers and local and national networks to increase behavioral health equity for children and families who have experienced chronic trauma and stress.

Our Partnership with NCSTN

University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Social Work and the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute received a $2.4 million Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant through the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative to continue the work of the FITT Center established in 2007. Together with local and national partners, the FITT Team develops, evaluates and disseminates new family trauma interventions:


Our Partnership with NCSTN

FITT Model

The FITT Model recognizes and aims to address the impact of traumatic events and contextual stressors on every member of the family, on family relationships, and on the family as a whole.

Anchored in family and trauma-informed principles and practices, the Model provides the framework for an ecological family systems approach that strengthens families’ efforts to attain safety and stability as they plot a course to address their unique needs.
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Baltimore: A Trauma and Resilience Informed City for Children and Families

Breakthrough Series Collaborative Final Report
The Trauma-Informed Resilient City for Children and Families Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) began in June 2015 and formally concluded with a reunion meeting on November 15, 2016. It included nine teams, representing a range of “formal” and “informal” organizations across Baltimore. The overall goal of this project was not to be “just another training,” but instead to move beyond thinking and talking to action -- action that could lead to real sustainable change for the participating teams, as well as Baltimore City.

View the Final Report Here

Family Readiness Worksheet

Families dealing with trauma experiences often benefit from counseling services to help with healing. But with so many things to consider, it can be hard to decide if now is the right time or if it would be better to wait for some time to pass.

To address this need, we've designed a brief worksheet for families to use. It is based on information shared by families about their own experiences. We hope going through this worksheet will help families make decisions about their readiness to start trauma counseling and feel more prepared when the time comes.

The worksheet originated from the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center at the University of Maryland and was finalized and disseminated in collaboration with the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

To view and download the worksheet, visit: crf.umn.edu/readiness.

FITT Toolkit

The FITT Toolkit is a web-based resource for trauma therapists interested in knowledge and tools needed to advance practice infamily informed trauma assessment, treatment planning and intervention. It is designed to support trauma therapists’ efforts to:

  • Recognize families’ needs and strengths in trauma recovery
  • Understand the complexity of family systems adaptation totraumatic contexts

  • Address families’ needs and link them to needed trauma resources.

Register or Sign In to use the FITT Toolkit