Project Description

Trauma Informed Oregon believes in the healing power of telling one’s story, and we think that this power is even more critical for parents and families raising children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were so grateful for the opportunity to hold discussions with parents, caregivers and providers to learn more about how families are navigating the unique and complex experiences of raising children during the pandemic, through a trauma informed lens. Each of these discussions was shaped by collaboration with providers and centered around the sharing that each family member offered. We were humbled to be a part of this project, and learned so much from the wisdom each person brought to this collaboration.

We hope you will enjoy these videos and the sense of connection, belonging, and care intended for those who participated and those of you watching, from wherever you are.

This project was a collaboration between TIO interns Dana Hafter-Manza and Ivon Cabañas.

Trauma Informed Parenting During COVID-19, Video 1

The video above was created in collaboration with Lea Ann Holder and Andrea Robideau – highlighting experiences of Native family members raising children during the pandemic.

Lea Ann is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. She holds an MSW and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She was a supervisor within the Oregon Department of Human Services, Indian Child Welfare unit in Portland Oregon. Lea Ann served as the Assistant Director of Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership and directed the Culturally Responsive Leaders’ program within the School of Social Work. Currently, Lea Ann has a mental health and consulting practice, Generations of Healing, LLC. She serves as a tribal liaison for Trauma Informed Oregon and the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council (LICWAC) of SW Washington. She is a board member of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA (MMIWUSA). Lea Ann has an invested interest and passion for serving, promoting and empowering the health, safety, well-being and self-determination of tribal, rural and underserved populations.

Andrea R. Robideau is a descendant of Sisseton-Wahpeton [Dakota], White Earth Nation [Anishinaabe], and Apache; she lives and works in Portland, OR.  Ms. Robideau is an Independent Contractor and Cultural Education Consultant – as well as a Foster Care Support Specialist for NAYA Family Center.  She participates in leadership for local native non-profit community groups, including: Bow and Arrow Culture Club, Inc. and Open Circle Ministries of Augustana Lutheran Church. She focuses her efforts in supporting indigenous youth, families, and communities – with special interest in revitalizing Traditional Native Games.

 A huge thank you to Chantel, a.c., Adrianna, Andrea & Lea Ann for bringing this discussion to life!

Trauma Informed Parenting During COVID-19, Video 2

This video above was created in collaboration with Jonicia Shelton. Jonicia is a business owner, social justice advocate, and a dedicated community member who also works as a Child and Family Therapist. She especially enjoys her role as a mother to two amazing teen girls; Jonicia has her own private practice, “Talks with June,” working primarily but not limited to adolescents and women around Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. 

A huge thank you to Jonicia, Jhaizmine, Norelle and Erin for bringing this discussion to life!

Additional Resources for Families Navigating the Pandemic

Trauma Informed Oregon, Community Response

More resources from TIO on COVID-19, including parenting resources.

View resource >

Local County Crisis Lines

Find crisis services in your area.

View resource (off site) >

Embrace Race: “COVID Resources That Take Race Seriously”

“The impacts of the crisis are hurting communities of color, including children, more…find helpful resources that center the needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other racialized communities most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

View resource (off site) >

A Time for Families

Join a weekly discussion directly with representatives from Oregon Health Authority to both advocate and receive support about mental health and related services for children and young people.

View resource (off site) >

Reach Out Oregon

Peer support resource for parents and caregivers raising children with complex needs.

View resource (off site) >

Child Mind Institute

COVID-19 resources for families.

View resource (off site) >

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Oregon-based parenting resources, including resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View resource (off site) >

Black Resilience Fund

“Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.”

View resource (off site) >

Trauma Informed Oregon, Social Emotional Learning Resources

Resources for families and educators on anti-racist social emotional learning for children and youth.

View resource (TIO Google Doc) >

Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA)

“Originally an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, NARA now operates a residential family treatment center, an outpatient treatment center, a child and family services center, a primary health care clinic, several adult mental health locations, a wellness center, and transitional housing for Native women and children. All services are centered on the family as it is NARA’s philosophy that, without the family circle there will be no future.”

View resource (off site) >

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

“Our mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.”

View resource (off site) >

Native Wellness Institute

“The Native Wellness Institute exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors.”

View resource (off site) >

Trauma Informed Oregon believes in the healing power of telling one’s story, and we think that this power is even more critical for parents and families raising children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were so grateful for the opportunity to hold discussions with parents, caregivers and providers to learn more about how families are navigating the unique and complex experiences of raising children during the pandemic, through a trauma informed lens. Each of these discussions was shaped by collaboration with providers and centered around the sharing that each family member offered. We were humbled to be a part of this project, and learned so much from the wisdom each person brought to this collaboration.

We hope you will enjoy these videos and the sense of connection, belonging, and care intended for those who participated and those of you watching, from wherever you are.

This project was a collaboration between TIO interns Dana Hafter-Manza and Ivon Cabañas.

Trauma Informed Parenting During COVID-19, Video 1

The video above was created in collaboration with Lea Ann Holder and Andrea Robideau – highlighting experiences of Native family members raising children during the pandemic.

Lea Ann is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. She holds an MSW and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She was a supervisor within the Oregon Department of Human Services, Indian Child Welfare unit in Portland Oregon. Lea Ann served as the Assistant Director of Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership and directed the Culturally Responsive Leaders’ program within the School of Social Work. Currently, Lea Ann has a mental health and consulting practice, Generations of Healing, LLC. She serves as a tribal liaison for Trauma Informed Oregon and the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council (LICWAC) of SW Washington. She is a board member of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA (MMIWUSA). Lea Ann has an invested interest and passion for serving, promoting and empowering the health, safety, well-being and self-determination of tribal, rural and underserved populations.

Andrea R. Robideau is a descendant of Sisseton-Wahpeton [Dakota], White Earth Nation [Anishinaabe], and Apache; she lives and works in Portland, OR.  Ms. Robideau is an Independent Contractor and Cultural Education Consultant – as well as a Foster Care Support Specialist for NAYA Family Center.  She participates in leadership for local native non-profit community groups, including: Bow and Arrow Culture Club, Inc. and Open Circle Ministries of Augustana Lutheran Church. She focuses her efforts in supporting indigenous youth, families, and communities – with special interest in revitalizing Traditional Native Games.

 A huge thank you to Chantel, a.c., Adrianna, Andrea & Lea Ann for bringing this discussion to life!

Trauma Informed Parenting During COVID-19, Video 2

The video above was created in collaboration with Jonicia Shelton. Jonicia is a business owner, social justice advocate, and a dedicated community member who also works as a Child and Family Therapist. She especially enjoys her role as a mother to two amazing teen girls; Jonicia has her own private practice, “Talks with June,” working primarily but not limited to adolescents and women around Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. 

A huge thank you to Jonicia, Jhaizmine, Norelle and Erin for bringing this discussion to life!

Additional Resources for Families Navigating the Pandemic

Trauma Informed Oregon, Community Response

More resources from TIO on COVID-19, including parenting resources.

View resource >

Local County Crisis Lines

Find crisis services in your area.

View resource (off site) >

Embrace Race: “COVID Resources That Take Race Seriously”

“The impacts of the crisis are hurting communities of color, including children, more…find helpful resources that center the needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other racialized communities most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

View resource (off site) >

A Time for Families

Join a weekly discussion directly with representatives from Oregon Health Authority to both advocate and receive support about mental health and related services for children and young people.

View resource (off site) >

Reach Out Oregon

Peer support resource for parents and caregivers raising children with complex needs.

View resource (off site) >

Child Mind Institute

COVID-19 resources for families.

View resource (off site) >

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Oregon-based parenting resources, including resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View resource (off site) >

Black Resilience Fund

“Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.”

View resource (off site) >

Trauma Informed Oregon, Social Emotional Learning Resources

Resources for families and educators on anti-racist social emotional learning for children and youth.

View resource (TIO Google Doc) >

Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA)

“Originally an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, NARA now operates a residential family treatment center, an outpatient treatment center, a child and family services center, a primary health care clinic, several adult mental health locations, a wellness center, and transitional housing for Native women and children. All services are centered on the family as it is NARA’s philosophy that, without the family circle there will be no future.”

View resource (off site) >

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

“Our mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.”

View resource (off site) >

Native Wellness Institute

“The Native Wellness Institute exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors.”

View resource (off site) >