Building Resilience and Healing for the Next Generation
Every child faces challenges of one degree or another. Most of them healthy.
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But when childhood experiences become rough – and cross the line into abuse or trauma – negative consequences of this toxic stress can last a lifetime.
- When adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) pile up and reach a certain level, the outcome is often not good if left unresolved.
- High ACEs often mean whole host of issues for children in the present. Moving downstream in life, these negative consequences can show up again – but differently.
- Untreated trauma and toxic stress, heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, substance abuse, mental health issues, and whole host of negative behaviors and health risks.
The good news?
ACE-related issues are treatable. And they can be improved, even prevented.
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs?
What’s your ACE score?
Click here to take a free interactive ACE and Resilience Survey (courtesy of NPR).
Many agencies and groups recognize the issues at hand. ACEs “have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity,” according to the CDC.
“Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities and a world in which every child can thrive.”
A multi-dimensional approach – addressing challenges upstream
When a child experiences a variety of adverse situations that produce real trauma –
• not having enough to eat because of poverty
• being in the same room when a mother is beaten
• living with the consequences of parent or family addiction
• watching a parent being led off to jail
• or others equally negative
– the emotional impact is profound.
When these experiences accumulate, major issues arise both in the short- and long-term.
The good news?
In Orange County, an emerging community safety net is in place. Educators, healthcare professionals, volunteer mentors, trauma-aware law enforcement officers, and community volunteers all stand ready to make a life-enhancing – and possibly life-saving – outreach to the child.
Thrive Orange County – Programs & Initiatives
More program details to come. Check back often.
- Project Unite
- Resilient Schools
- Handle with Care
- Early Childhood
Community Programs/ Grass Roots Initiatives
- Faith Based Community Outreach
- Childcare Challenge
- Safe & Affordable Housing
- Workforce Development
- Mentoring Program
SICHC Clinical Programs
- ACES Screening
- Upstream Model
- Recruiting & Developing Social Work Students
- Research Project: Teenage pregnancy
- Research Project: Effects of Covid of Orange Co