Family Violence (SOCL 351)

The Madeline’s House family fun time project was conducted through Longwood University as an honors enhancement for the Sociology Family Violence Course. I began this project at the beginning of the semester by approaching Madeline’s House about facilitating activities for parent-child involvement in the shelter. Going into this project, I was aware that the children in the shelter have experienced adverse childhood experiences, and both the children and the adults have experienced trauma. The purpose of making these activities was to facilitate parent-child interaction, involvement, and attachment to foster safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that minimize the effects of ACEs and trauma. While designing the activities I made sure to use a trauma informed practice lens that encompassed principles of trauma informed care such as trustworthiness, encouragement/empowerment, collaboration, choice, and respect of cultural, historical, and gender issues.