After what seemed like an endless winter, dreary days and false starts, it appears that spring is finally here. It’s a welcome gift – I love seeing the evidence of new life all around.
At Family Nurturing Center, green grass and spring blooms aren’t the only new things in our world. Our Spring 2019 newsletter is full of new and exciting signs of life in our work to end the cycle of child abuse. Inside you can read about our new Florence office, providing a larger and more welcoming space for children and families; new and innovative holistic programs that complement our tried and true services for greater impact; our new board members who give their time, talent and treasure to further our mission, and even a new location for the Blue Ribbon Bash, this year hosted at St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center.
There’s a lot that is new, but there’s a one thing that isn’t – our unending vision for safe children, thriving families, and nurturing communities. Old friends, evidence based programs and seasoned staff are all part of our ongoing commitment to making the world a better place.
Learn about all the ways, old and new, that we are working to ensure great futures for children and families. Visit our new website , or our new office, to find out more. Perhaps the next new thing for Family Nurturing Center is …you!
Please take a moment out of your day to read the amazing story of Dre’Sha. Hers is a story of the healing power of relationships and strength to overcome some of life’s most difficult adversities. Her journey is a testament to the impact of caring adults and the resiliency of people experiencing trauma.
It has been an absolute honor to watch Dre’Sha’s strength grow through this process and we want her to know we are so proud of all that she has worked so hard to overcome and achieve. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.
WATCH THIS POWERFUL STORY ABOUT A JOURNEY TO HEALING.
Thank you Lucy May along with the team at WCPO – 9 On Your Side for sharing a message of hope to people who may feel powerless to change their situations. History doesn’t have to be destiny, and Dre’Sha is proof of that!
Ending the cycle of child abuse is an admirable goal, but it is one that we can not do alone. We need your help. A donation to Family Nurturing Center, no matter the amount, will help our staff continue to support others like Dre’sha through their journey to healing for generations to come.
Trauma informed care is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. All Family Nurturing Center employees including clinical, administrative and support staff are required to be trained on trauma informed care.
Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers.
Trauma informed care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional security for the client and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. The principles of trauma informed care and trauma-specific interventions are designed to address the consequences of trauma in the individual and to facilitate healing.
The ACE Study
Adverse Child Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect and a range of household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, parental discord, or crime in the home. ACEs are strongly related to development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems, including substance abuse, throughout the lifespan. (The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Substance Abuse and Related Behavioral Health Problems, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
The major factor underlying addiction is adverse childhood experiences that have not healed with time and that are overwhelmingly concealed from awareness by shame, secrecy and social taboo. The ACE Study provides population-based clinical evidence that unrecognized adverse childhood experiences are a major, if not the major, determinant of who turns to psychoactive materials and becomes ‘addicted’. (The Origins of Addiction by Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program
“The Link Between Childhood Trauma And Addiction In Adulthood”
Relationships That Heal: Building a Community to Combat Childhood Trauma