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For Some Kids, This Last Year Qualifies As An Adverse Childhood Experience (Forbes)

By Leah Campbell, January 13, 2021, Forbes. Kids have been asked to sacrifice a lot this last year. In-person school, playdates with their friends, travel and sporting activities, and fun extras like trips to the movies. On top of all that, many have been trapped inside with parents facing their own stressors: trying to work from home, keeping businesses afloat, and even just paying the bills after work has dried up. [ Please click here to read more ] Karen Clemmer, MN, RN, PHN Northern...

Experts say this is what children need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic [usatoday.com]

By Alia E. Dastagir and Alia Wong, USA Today, December 22, 2020 It has been almost a year of pandemic parenting, an all-consuming, ever-changing chaos that has tested American families in unprecedented ways. Schools closed, then opened, then closed again. Playdates were fewer and fraught with new rules. Working parents often did their jobs without child care, while parents of teens did their best to buffer against a litany of losses – friends, sports, proms, graduations. For many low-income...

Sonoma County ACES Connection Monthly Meeting

Welcome to Sonoma County ACES Connection. We invite anyone to attend our meetings. ALL voices are important. Please note the NEW day and time change. The meetings will now be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 3pm. Our next meeting will be January 28th If you have something you would like for me to add to the agenda please feel free to reach out. I hope you will join us! Please feel free to invite guests Zoom Link: ID: 91864522660 Password: 557951

SCAC Community Manager is a "Local Who Makes a Difference"

So often the work we do around ACEs, trauma, and resilience can be seen as part of the larger landscape and not receive the recognition it deserves. Today I am happy to share tha t Elizabeth Smith the Sonoma County ACEs Connection Community Manager was formally selected by the City of Sebastopol! The City of Sebastopol explains why Elizabeth was selected: Elizabeth is an author, public speaker and advocate for suicide awareness and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She is the...

Ask the Community

Grad student seeks your input?

Hello Sonoma County ACEs Connection members, My name is Brandin Gordon and I am a graduate student at the University of San Francisco working in dual-degrees in Public Health and Behavioral Health. My fieldwork project will focus on trauma informed care at an organizational level. Utilizing knowledge from my dual majors, my goal is to develop a deeper understanding of organizational needs to implement trauma informed care. In the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to organizations...Read More...
Last Reply By Karen Clemmer (ACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

Help our public radio station with a story: How did separation from your parents as a child impact you?

KQED is the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, CA. We’d like to hear from adults (18+) who were separated from their parents when they were children. Perhaps the separation was due to economic reasons, war and conflict, incarceration, foster care, or something else. How did that period of separation impact you in the long-run? How has it impacted your connection to others and how you build relationships? If you're a parent, how does it influence how you parent? We’re...Read More...

Is Poverty an ACE?

Holly White-Wolfe
I think toxic stress can result from poverty, and this is concerning considering: 40% of Americans Lack Savings to Cover a $400 Emergency. Despite low unemployment, this Washington Post story notes that 'an alarming number of Americans are still struggling to get by. In the past month, two reports - a new Federal Reserve survey of more than 12,200 Americans about their finances and a new United Way report on financial hardship - reveal how unstable life remains for a large number of people.Read More...
Last Reply By Remy Fuentes · First Unread Post
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