Tough childhood? There are ways to help.
Does it seem like more kids are in trouble these days? More teen pregnancy and dysfunctional families? Do you wonder, what can we do?
Actually, we’re learning a lot about what might be behind behavioral issues and poor decision making.
Tough economic times have stressed some families beyond comprehension. These struggles at home – understandably – can lead to dysfunction, neglect and even abuse.
Traumatic childhood events -- witnessing experiences such as crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse -- can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development in children, resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. A growing network of leaders in research, policy and practice are developing approaches to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigate their impact through building resilience.
At The Crossing, a majority of our clients have lived through ACEs. Now their children are at risk of ACEs in their own homes. Our goal is to identify these situations and address intervention and solutions, primarily through helping parents build resiliency in their children and families.
Does this sound like you or someone you know? Contact us.
Here’s some helpful resources:
Lakeshore CAP (Community Action Program) promotes an ACES conference April 21: more information