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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

The Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) Project

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) has partnered with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego to launch the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) project.

Designed for child welfare systems, the ACTS Project includes opportunities for:

  • Collaborative planning and thoughtful identification of individualized areas for trauma-informed care (TIC) advancement
  • In-depth resource sharing through the ACTS project’s TIC toolkit
  • Workforce and leader-focused trainings on different aspects of TIC
  • Time-limited Technical Assistance on TIC implementation and sustainment
  • Identification by CDSS as a TIC “advancing system” or organization
  • Joining the state-wide California Network of Advancers in TIC


ACTS Project 

The ACTS project has partnered with six county systems: Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services, San Diego County Child Welfare Services, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, Tehama County Social Services, Tulare County Health & Human Services, and Tuolumne County Department of Social Services. Beginning in October, ACTS will begin their second round of child-welfare partnerships. They are currently looking for child welfare county partners with motivation and capacity to engage in change practices dedicated to advancing trauma-informed care in their system.

 For more information about the ACTS project, visit or contact Melissa Bernstein at


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