The STEP Model© is based on recent research studies focused on psychological resilience and post-traumatic growth in trauma victims supported and recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA). The objective of the model is to assist in breaking the inter-generational cycle of abuse and maltreatment through placement prevention, permanent reunification, and trauma-informed intervention.

The Mother’s Advocacy Project is the only program to utilize the STEP Model©, designed as a mother/child trauma-focused reunification and maltreatment prevention plan for families involved with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). It is comprised of four key elements.

S Social Support

T Trauma-Focused Assessment and Therapy

E Education

P Participatory Arts

The Foster Care Alliance is currently in the process of designing a longitudinal field research study to assess the effectiveness of the model as well as creating trauma-informed training platforms for child welfare agencies and trauma professionals.