By Emma Dill, December 3, 2020, Wilmington Star News.
A new resiliency task force aims to make Pender County a stronger and more trauma-informed community.
The task force will focus on educating community members and local providers about the lasting impact of childhood traumas. It will also provide training that helps residents recognize and respond to signs of trauma.
Those instances of instability and stress can impact a child for the rest of their life, said Carrey Sipp, the southeastern regional community facilitator with the nonprofit ACEs Connection.
Adverse childhood experiences or ACEs affect people at every age, said Liz Peterson, the task force chair. Peterson works in 4-H development as an agent at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Burgaw.