Attachment, Regulation and Competency

As many as 1 in 3 children will be exposed to a potentially traumatic event before the age of 18. One in ten children leaving foster care in the United States is discharged to “emancipation”, having never achieved permanency. The ultimate goal of ARC is not to reduce pathology, but to support healthy, resilient development for children, families, and communities. In study after study of children at risk, the single strongest predictor of resilient outcome is a positive, lasting relationship with a supportive adult . A trauma-informed system is one in which every member of the organization—child, parent, and provider—feels safe, supported, and empowered.

Special notices:

ARC Statement on racism, systems of oppression, and trauma, released June 8, 2020.

We have added a number of resources on use of ARC via telehealth here . We continue to add new handouts, so please check back for new content!


Whether you are a child, adolescent, or family member wanting to learn about ARC treatment; a provider seeking further information about the ARC approach; an agency interested in the ARC implementation process; or a student looking for resources or training, we hope you will find the information you need here.

This website is designed to provide you – the family, practitioner, provider agency, and community member – with the resources you need to better understand the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework, along with helpful information about traumatic stress and adversity, as well as about resilience and health.  Though the site is divided into categories to support your navigation, a parent may find useful information on the provider page, and an agency may find useful information on the child and adolescent page.  We welcome your feedback on ways to make this site increasingly useful.

“A growing research base suggests that ARC leads to reduction in child posttraumatic stress symptoms and general mental health symptoms, as well as increased adaptive and social skills.”


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