Published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, This issue brief provides basic information on brain
development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. The information is designed
to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and
neglect in children who come to the attention of the child welfare system.
Download Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Brain Development as a PDF here.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases,
and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.
Check out a link to their website here.