Childhood trauma and adversity are our biggest problem.
Childhood trauma is everyone’s trauma. Childhood trauma and adversity are the root cause of the most urgent and costly problems that plague our children, families, and community.
Over two-thirds of children in the United States are exposed to some form of toxic stress, including domestic or community violence, abuse, neglect, and racism. Children who experience early adversity carry the impact long into adulthood. Adverse Childhood Experiences lead to an increased risk of: academic difficulties, criminal justice involvement, substance abuse, suicide, homelessness, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other physical and mental health challenges.
Strong relationships are the antidote.
Strong relational health is the number one predictor of long term well-being. Science has shown us that healthy relationships are not only important in the short term. A network of supportive adult connections early in a child’s life buffers the impact of trauma and adversity, builds resilience, and lays the foundation for optimal and lifelong health and well-being.
Childhaven is addressing the epidemic of childhood trauma & adversity through relationship, partnership, and innovation.
Childhaven’s healing centered framework embeds relational health, trauma-informed care, racial equity, and social justice in all places in which children and families live, learn, and play. Learn more about Childhaven’s programs and partnerships below.
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