Report points to power of positive experiences to overcome childhood adversity

A new report from Casey Family Programs explores emerging research that links positive experiences in childhood with healthy outcomes for children and families and their ability to mitigate the effects of early adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The report points to actions that lessen the adversity common in so many families by promoting positive experiences for children and families. Resource parents

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Prevent Child Abuse NC to screen “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

by Sharon Hirsch • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is catalyzing conversations across the state by screening the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” (2015, KPJR Films). A showing of this one-hour film will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 at noon at the UNC School of Social Work in Chapel Hill. This event, which

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Resilient parenting involves seeing the needs behind challenging behaviors

by Bob DeMarco • Webster’s defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resilience is toughness, inner strength. Without it, we wither when hard things happen to us. Our Kids Are Resilient! All children in foster care or who have been adopted have endured the trauma of being separated from their biological families. Many have endured even more

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Resilience: Key concepts

One way to understand the development of resilience is to visualize a balance scale or seesaw (see figure below). Protective experiences and coping skills on one side counterbalance significant adversity on the other. Resilience is evident when a child’s health and development tips toward positive outcomes—even when a heavy load of factors is stacked on the negative outcome side. 1.

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Promoting the resilience of young people in foster care

Two brothers, close in age, had the same difficult childhood. They experienced physical and sexual abuse and lived in violent neighborhoods. Both their parents struggled with alcohol and spent time in jail. Today, one brother is a thriving businessman who is happily married, a good father, and a valued member of his community. The other is chronically unemployed and fighting

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Youth in foster care are vulnerable to exploitation
An excerpt from Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew’s testimony before Congress

United States Capitol Building in Washington DC USA

On October 23, 2013, foster care alumna and human trafficking survivor Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means as part of a hearing on preventing and addressing sex trafficking of youth in foster care. The following is an excerpt of her testimony. Her full remarks, as well as the transcript

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