The Mission of PACTS

To increase the number of children and families who receive the most effective trauma-specific care in Philadelphia. We will do that by increasing the capacity of our over 20 behavioral health partners to offer Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) to children and families impacted by trauma. We will also increase referrals from all child-serving systems, including physical health, education, department of human services(DHS), juvenile justice and victims’ services to our PACTS partner agencies.

The Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS) serves youth in Philadelphia who have experienced potentially traumatic events and are living with traumatic stress. Over the past six years, we have improved access, availability and quality of trauma-specific services for children and families.

PACTS partner agencies provide city-wide coverage of Philadelphia, offering a continuum of trauma-informed services consisting of multiple entry points:

1) partnerships with other child serving systems( schools; child welfare; juvenile justice; physical health; victim’s advocate groups, etc.) referring trauma-impacted youth to our services

2) universal screening for exposure to potentially traumatic events(PTEs) and traumatic stress symptoms

3) delivery of evidence-based trauma-specific evidence based practices (EBPs), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) ,Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) program.