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> Overview: Start Here to Learn the Basics

One-hour Online Course:

  • Scope of human trafficking
  • Dynamics of human trafficking
  • Factors that increase youth's vulnerability to human trafficking
  • Indicators that a child has been trafficked
  • Strategies to help prevent youth from being trafficked
  • Links to key resources

There are two ways to access this course:

  • If you DO NOT NEED to receive OCWTP credit, you can launch and complete the course by clicking on the link below.


  • If you DO NEED to receive OCWTP credit, you can launch and complete the course through E-Track by following the short instructions below.


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> Impact of Human Trafficking

Impact on Children: Information for Caregivers

A short newsletter and worksheet to help you understand how human trafficking creates educational, health, emotional, and behavioral challenges for youth. View newsletter...

Learner's Guide: Effects of Trauma on Trafficking Victims and Challenges to Recovery

A worksheet designed to use while watching the webinar to help focus your learning to what you, as a caregiver, need to know. View worksheet...

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> Caregiving Strategies

Caregiving for Youth Who Have Been Trafficked

A short newsletter that provides six tips from caregivers who have cared for youth who have been trafficked. View newsletter...

Additional Training Opportunities

Children Who Have Experienced Trauma - A Workshop for Resource Parents: a series of four modules developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to help caregivers provide trauma-informed care to children in their homes. The series focuses on the nine essential elements of trauma-informed caregiving and presents hands-on ideas to address trauma reactions in children.

Fundamentals of Foster Series: a series of workshops that help caregivers apply what they learned in preservice and adapt their parenting style to the needs of the children placed in their home. To help care for youth who have been trafficked we recommend:

  • Understanding and Building Attachment [E-Track Learning No. 924-FF7-S]
  • Discipline in Foster Care: Managing Our Behaviors to Manage Theirs [E-Track Learning No. 925-FF8-S]
  • Recognizing and Responding to Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused [E-Track Learning No. 923-FF6-S]
  • Healthy Sexual Development of Children and Teens [E-Track Learning No. 923-FF5-S]
  • Fostering Self-Reliance in Children and Youth: Roots and Wings [E-Track Learning No. 926-FF9-S]
  • The Caregiver's Voice: Being a Valuable Part of an Effective Child Welfare Team [E-Track Learning No. 922-FF13-S2]

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> Taking Care of Yourself

Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

A short newsletter with tools and activities to help you identify methods you currently use to take care of yourself and areas in which you could improve; your score on the quality of life scale, specifically related to compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress, and a personal self-care plan. View newsletter...

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> Get Help


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

Contact Caseworker

If you suspect that a child in your home is or has been exposed to human trafficking, report your concerns to your caseworker.

National Hotline 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

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> Resources

Note: Online links can change. If a link does not work, try searching for the main title or subject. If you are still unable to access the resource, contact us at distancelearning@ihs-trainet.com for assistance.

At-A-Glance Fact Sheets from Polaris Project

Online Courses and Videos

Truckers Against Trafficking in partnership with iEmpathize engages the trucking industry in the fight against child sex trafficking and exploitation. This 28 minute video provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children and includes a powerful account from a young woman forced into prostitution at age 15 along with a 14 year old cousin.

This 60 minute online course developed by the Polaris Project, addresses the impact of trafficking on homeless and runaway youth. As many youth placed in foster care are also children who have run away or been pushed from their homes, this training speaks directly to what foster caregivers need to know.

Parenting Traumatized Children

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

A resource page for caregivers with information about child traumatic stress, healthy child development and ways to seek help.

  • Sidran

A resource page for survivors and loved ones with links to trauma-related articles, fact sheets, brochures, a "help desk" to help locate resources and therapists.

Online Resources

  • Polaris Project

Start here in your search for information. Polaris Project is one of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking. They push for stronger federal and state laws, operate the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conduct trainings, and provide vital services to victims of trafficking. http://www.polarisproject.org/index.php

  • Cyber Safety

Information and resources for parents, teachers, and children on cyber safety www.onguardonline.gov

  • Information on Youth and Work

    • Youth Rules

    Federal Department of Labor website designed to educate youth, parents, teachers, and employers on the hours and jobs that youth may work http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/index.htm


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