Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect by Strengthening Families and Communities

The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) supports efforts that foster safe and stable environments for children and their families. Strengthening families through the promotion of protective factors can effectively prevent child maltreatment and create opportunities for families to flourish. This is highlighted in the theme for this year’s 2019 National Child Abuse […]

Is Poverty Included Among Adverse Childhood Experiences[ACE]?

Adverse Childhood Experiences[ACE] are loosely defined as extremely stressful events and experiences during one’s childhood years which may also be trauma-inducing. Some of these events are recurring and others can take place one time only. Nonetheless, these ACEs, range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent. Abuse and […]

For Youth Who’ve Experienced “Complex Trauma”[Part 3-Healthy Coping Strategies]

Trauma reminders or “triggers” can set off false alarms in the brain and body. For people who have experienced Complex Trauma, it can feel as if their problems are too big to manage, that they are all alone, that no one cares, or that nothing will help. When this happens, their false alarm can feel […]