July 2019

Children in Care can Recover from Adversity with the Right Adoptive Environment, Research Finds [medicalxpress.com]

By Cardiff University, Medical Xpress, July 31, 2019 Research on adoptive family life in Wales has revealed the levels of adversity many children have experienced. Academics from Cardiff University analysed social services records of a cohort of children in Wales who were adopted in the same year. Adoptive parents also completed surveys about the children over a four-year period after the placement began, commenting annually on any difficulties the child was having and their parenting. The...

" I Know that They are Cared For." Why One Mom has Chosen to Foster Migrant Children [npr.org]

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro, National Public Radio, July 28, 2019 On a hot Maryland summer day, two toddlers play in the wading area of a community pool. Their glee is uncontainable as they dump water-filled plastic pails over each other's heads. A few weeks earlier, these little ones would not come close to the water. "When they both came, they were terrified of the pool," says their foster mother Christi. "Terrified. And now we kind of have to stay in this pool because she will jump head first...

The Relentless School Nurse: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Includes School Nursing in the Conversation

July 24, 2019 marked a professional and personal highlight for me, one I will always cherish. I was a panelist for the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Town Hall in Philadelphia. The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is a consensus study through the National Academies of Medicine (NAM) and is tasked with "charting a path for the nursing profession to create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and wellbeing of the U.S. population in the 21st century." - (NAM - 2019)...

Writing as Medicine

Announcing three Fall online (audio only) writing circles for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Led by Donna Jenson, author of, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy . Circle 1: Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9 Circle 2: Sundays 4:00 to 6:00pm Sept. 15, 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 10 Circle 3: Wednesdays 5:00pm to 7:00pm Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 13 For more information go to: https://www.timetotell.org/online-writing-circles

Angry Hope: Moving Towards Healing-Centered Engagement After Trauma

The tone was angry, clipped, bitter despite my cheerful “welcome-to-the-practice” voice and outstretched hand. I was tired, so tired. Finally, Friday had come and here was an angry new patient. She seemed to be assuming I would let her down, disappoint. She seemed quite certain of it. The others certainly had. She wanted to know how often I would see her, and did I understand why she needed her medications? She let me know that she reads her chart notes, all of them. The other day the...

Many Youngsters Aren't Ready for Kindergarten, Pediatricians say [chicagotribune.com]

By Serena Gordon, Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2019 The start of school is just around the corner, but a leading pediatricians' group warns that many kids entering kindergarten lack the skills they need to succeed in class. To help parents get their young ones ready to start school, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a report on what helps boost success as well as what factors may hinder kids’ school experience. “We’ve kind of focused on the acquisition of pre-academic skills,...

Government Using Loopholes to Separate Immigrant Families [mysanantonio.com]

By Sophie Phillips, My San Antonio, July 30, 2019 In the past year, despite an executive order to end the policy allowing the separation of migrant children from their parents, followed by a judicial order to reunify those families, our government has continued to separate and traumatize children. One might ask how this tragedy continues to occur. There were loopholes in the court’s decision: Children could still be separated from parents with criminal histories or considered dangerous to...

These Parents Fought for a Better Education for Their Kids - and Won [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nationswell, July 26, 2019 The immigrant students in Stamford, Connecticut, were thriving. In grade schools across the midsize city, where roughly 35% of residents are foreign-born, these non-native English speakers would routinely receive rows of As and Bs on their report cards. They’d come home with high marks and exclamation points scribbled in red ink. But when those same students took the state’s standardized achievement test, the opposite was true. The immigrant...

New Report Calls for Statewide Coordinated Response to Protect New Jersey's Children from Adverse Childhood Experiences [finance.yahoo.com]

By PR Newswire, Yahoo Finance, July 30, 2019 NEWARK, N.J., July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report released today details the challenges New Jersey faces in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and sets forth opportunities and actions for a coordinated statewide response to mitigate their lasting effects on children's health and well-being. ACEs are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse, neglect, domestic violence, household mental illness, household substance misuse,...

Stanford Researchers Propose a Way to Build Nature into Cities for Better Mental Health [news.stanford.edu]

By Sarah Cafasso, Stanford University, July 24, 2019 An international team led by Stanford University and the University of Washington is working to bring the mental health benefits of nature to city-dwellers. To do so, the team has created a way of helping city planners, landscape architects, developers and others anticipate the mental health impacts of conserving nature and incorporating it into urban areas. For people in cities, that could mean things like more neighborhood parks, trees...

ACEs Research Corner — July 2019

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site -- abuseresearch.info -- that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she's posting the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! — Jane Stevens] Wang X, Maguire-Jack K. Family and Environmental Influences on Child Behavioral Health: The Role of Neighborhood Disorder and Adverse Childhood Experiences . J Dev...

I didn't know ACEs Connection did that!?!?! Our network, in a nutshell!

One person asked me recently if ACEs Connection does anything besides distribute news about ACEs science and trauma-informed/resilience-building practices based on ACEs science. Another was surprised that it’s a social network with more than 35,000 members (and growing). And I’d guess that most of those members have no idea that we support more than 300 local ACEs initiatives (and growing). ACEs Connection reminds me of the elephant in the parable that originated in India about the blind men...

It took 3 years, 6 versions to develop ACEs screener that works for parents & providers

It’s irrefutable: Widespread research shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common. That’s why researchers in a recent study insist: “It behooves pediatric providers to take an active role in preventing and identifying childhood adversity in order to reduce the health consequences of toxic stress.” In other words, if you want your kids to have a good shot at a healthy life, make sure they — and you — are educated about and screened for ACEs and resilience. In a recent study —...

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