Thursday, February 14, 2019

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Feb 2019

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  February 2019

The Child Abuse Prevention Council places much of our efforts on prevention. Helping families access the resources they need so that child abuse never happens in the first place is our goal. In that light, we are excited to share with you the work being done around maternal wellness for pregnancy and postpartum health in relation to trauma informed practices.

The following is from the ACEs Connection Community Becoming Trauma Informed and Beyond. You can learn more about them by following the link at the bottom of the article below.


The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is excited to bring together 10 talented practitioners to explore the Trauma Informed Practices that help improve birth outcomes and support human development right from the very start.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (1998) launched the importance of trauma and trauma informed care in our health and educational systems. We suddenly had a measure of how early experiences in childhood could correlate with adult disease. Further studies have explored specific programs to help improve the conditions leading to adverse experiences, especially in education and community based programs. To date, there has not been an effort to improve birth outcomes on a wide scale using a trauma informed approach. Several key authors (Seng & Taylor, Sperlich, Weinstein, Simkin, Kendall-Tackett) have discussed the impact of trauma and the importance of trauma informed care in the prenatal and perinatal period. 

APPPAH's mission is to educate professionals and the public worldwide about how the baby's experience of conception, pregnancy, and birth can have lifelong implications for individuals, families and societies. The Perinatal Trauma Informed Practice Panel is an online educational program of experts in trauma and trauma informed care related to supporting families during the childbearing year. Our panel consists of experts who are fluent in trauma informed care and resilience, and we are bringing them together with experts in trauma and prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. This project will educate about the pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on birth from many perspectives. It will also support the greater trauma informed and resilience community.
Join us for these important talks in March:
  • Transforming Trauma in Prenatal and Perinatal Care with Jennie Birkholz
  • The Art of Trauma Sensitive Intake and the Midwifery Model of Care with Maryl Smith, CPM
  • Gender and Conception, Pregnancy Birth and Postpartum with Elsa Asher
  • The Impact of Transgenerational influences and Race on Perinatal Outcomes for Black Women living in the United States with Heather Clarke, CNM
  • The Impacts of Past Trauma on Experience and Outcomes During the Preconception,Prenatal and Early Parenting Periods: The Critical Importance of Trauma Informed Care with Ann Diamond Weinstein, PhD
  • Perinatal Trauma Informed Practices for Women who have Experienced Trauma: How Listening to Women Can Help Us Create Effective Interventions for Those in Need with Mickey Sperlich, PhD
  • Seen, Heard, and Felt: Supporting Mother-Baby and Partner Before, During, and After Birth with Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MS, MFT
  • Trauma Informed Care from the Baby's Perspective: A New Model of Care to Help Families Thrive with Kate White, MA.
  • Let's Stop Re-traumatizing the Traumatized! Providing Perinatal Safety The JJ WayⓇ
  • From Trauma to Resilience: Navigating Cultural Change with Nkem Ndefo

See more at To register for all the links to receive to watch FREE live click here.

Learn more about the ACEs Connection Community Becoming Trauma Informed and Beyond. 

Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Nadine Burke Harris 
to be California's 
First-Ever Surgeon General

Last month California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a national leader in pediatric medicine, to serve as California's first-ever surgeon general.

There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community around early warning signs and childhood determinants of serious health outcomes. As surgeon general, Dr. Burke Harris will urge policymakers at every level of government and leaders across the state to consider the social determinants of health, especially for children. Her work will focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions - like ACEs and toxic stress - and using the platform of the surgeon general to reach young families across the state.

When Nadine Burke Harris talks about her work, she invariably brings up Diego. Diego was a 7-year-old patient who came to her clinic because he had stopped growing. He also had asthma, eczema, and behavior problems. When Harris sat down with Diego to discuss his medical history, she found out that he had been sexually assaulted as a 4-year-old. That's when it all clicked for her. Years of treating underprivileged kids in Bayview-Hunters Point, one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, had shown her that the kids with the most severe history of trauma often exhibited the worst symptoms.

That realization would lead her to change the way she treated patients-and to become one of the chief advocates in the US medical community about how screening kids for early adversity can help them become healthier adults.
Dr. Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), has dedicated her professional career to understanding the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress in children, and the effect both have on future health outcomes. She leads the Bay Area Research Consortium on Toxic Stress and Health, a partnership between CYW and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, to advance scientific screening and treatment of toxic stress. She serves as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' National Advisory Board for Screening and on a committee for the National Academy of Medicine. She is an expert advisor on the Let's Get Healthy California Task Force, a former member of the Boys and Men of Color Trauma Advisory Committee and a former appointee by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Citizens' Committee for Community Development.
For more information about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and Trauma-Informed Care, make sure to visit the Resilient Amador home page on ACES Connection. There you will find resources and links to work being done in California, around the country, and internationally on this very important topic.
Upcoming Events

Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Resilient Amador
Steering Committee, Tuesday, February 12, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  
Next CAPC Meeting
CAPC meetings are the third Monday of every other month.
Monday, March 20, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 

Saturday, April 27, 11:00am-2:00pm
Argonaut High School, Jackson 


                    Safe at Home Flyer                                                     QPR Training Flyer
About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

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