In 2022, the Trauma-Informed Courts Project was created to expand trauma-informed courts in Texas. Although each courtroom had unique challenges and goals, this initiative created a cohort of judges, attorneys, and other child welfare professionals and advocates throughout the state who came together to help build a team that better responds to the children and families they serve. The court teams shared their perspectives on the impact of their efforts in their courtrooms. 

This report highlights the trauma-informed and trauma-responsive work that four courts have done following the 2019 Statewide Collaborative for Trauma-Informed Care’s (SCTIC) Blueprint (a roadmap for the Texas child welfare system to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive). This work paves the way for future efforts that support better safety, permanency, and well-being in the Texas court system.