All families face times of stress and difficulty, even in a resilient community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for children, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) stem from things such as:
- Experiencing violence or abuse
- Witnessing violence in the home or community
- Having a family member attempt or die by suicide
- Substance misuse
- Mental health problems
- Instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison
ACEs can lead to prolonged stress that affects the mental and physical well being of children. Indeed, the more ACEs a child experiences, the greater the likelihood they will lead to difficulties with relationships, decision making, and even health outcomes far into the future like heart disease, obesity, and depression.
A Resilient Community
Resilient communities are those that provide a strong base of resources for families to turn to in times of crisis. In fact, these resources come from a mix of public and private actors. They require the efforts of professionals, donors, and volunteers. Then, resilient communities provide resources that focus on crisis prevention, and/or on treatment and recovery.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University identifies these four factors that can lead to positive outcomes for children facing adversity:
- Facilitating supportive adult-child relationships;
- Building a sense of self-efficacy and perceived control;
- Providing opportunities to strengthen adaptive skills and self-regulatory capacities; and
- Lastly, mobilizing sources of faith, hope, and cultural traditions.
Learn More About Building a Resilient Community
This is why your support matters. For over fifty years, TFI has been at the forefront of making these positive outcomes possible. Together with our staff, parents, volunteers, and donors, we work to deliver these critical skills and resources to each child we serve. Currently, our children and teens could greatly benefit from your donation of health and beauty items, household items, musical instruments, or art supplies.
Financial support allows us to meet other needs, such as food or therapeutic treatment. If you would prefer to donate your time, please consider becoming a mentor. If you have considered becoming a foster parent, that is another important and constant need. Whatever your ability to help, I hope you will join us in this new year in a resolution to build a resilient community for our children.