adverse childhood experiences

Tough childhood?

Tough childhood? Here's one story....

Here’s one story about how we help families facing ACES situations – Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The key component is to build resiliency in the children and their families. Resiliency is very simply the ability of at least two individuals to wrap around someone with ACES with help, love, and consistency and help them solve a problem.

 One of our clients was about to be evicted from her HUD housing (with her three children) due to uncleanliness (cockroach infested). On a Saturday - three volunteers from The Crossing went and cleaned her apartment and committed for the next six months to walk alongside of her and teach her step-by-step how to clean her home, love her, hold her accountable, bring in as many outside agencies to support her (including CPS when it was warranted) and continue to stay alongside of her.

 It has been about a year and a half, she maintains her house and her children are still with her and not in foster care. This is the kind of ACES investment we feel is important. This is resiliency. We realize this is an extreme case and long term investment -- as it took this young mom 7 months to realize she "liked" her home clean.

The Crossing, as a Christian agency, does not judge or point fingers. Our question to our clients has always been "What has happened to you?" rather than "What have you done?" This is the beginning of developing the resiliency to offset ACES.

 Our Real Essentials/Healthy Relationships is a trauma-informed care approach to education and character building. For students with ACES (or their parents) our Real Essentials Program offers a path to resiliency -- we become a support network to our students.


Tough childhood?

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:

Adverse Childhood Experiences -- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Prevention Lane


Lakeshore CAP (Community Action Program) promotes an ACES conference  April 21: more information