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The Need to Address Childhood Trauma: Implications for Child Welfare and Education

When children experience trauma —including witnessing violence, a parent’s substance abuse, or living in poverty—they can suffer. Decades of research have established the link between a child’s exposure to trauma and its effect on brain development, with long-term health and societal outcomes, such as chronic disease development, mental health disorders, high school graduation, and poverty.  
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    In recent years there has been an explosion in the number and diversity of trauma informed and resilience-building programs across the country. The current science of trauma and resilience is strong...
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    Congress is just now beginning to learn about the powerful discoveries that scientists have made regarding the causes and effects of toxic stress, and the exciting trauma informed programs a growing...
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  • Talk given recently at the UN by Dr. Nancy Hardt
    I have been invited here today to share news of practical steps we took in my home town in Florida, work which started with the improbable partnership between me, a physician, and our sheriff, our hig...
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