We can prevent childhood adversity & trauma

Whether you are a family member, neighbor, healthcare provider, educator, or domestic violence advocate, we all play a role in helping to prevent trauma and help kids heal.


Strategies that foster safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families can prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and help kids thrive.

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FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF KIDS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS TOGETHER. The safety and well-being of caregivers and kids are inextricably linked. Support that addresses the needs of both holistically is proven to be more effective.
LISTEN AND FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THE PEOPLE MOST AFFECTED. Their experiences and expertise are critical to shaping effective strategies for healing and prevention.
ADVOCATE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE. The evidence is clear that systemic racism and poverty fuel toxic stress and negatively impact health and well-being. Black, Indigenous and some people of color are 2X more likely to experience repeated trauma by the age of three. If you are a provider, focusing your work on closing gaps in racial disparities can be transformative.
ADDRESS MULTIPLE CAUSES OF TRAUMA.  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as exposure to domestic violence, abuse, neglect or other significant life stressors like poverty and discrimination are often co-occurring and do not happen in isolation. The evidence is clear that to end childhood adversity and trauma, we must support families in more holistic ways that address multiple forms of adversity.
ENSURE FAMILIES HAVE JUST AND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO FOOD, HOUSING, QUALITY HEALTHCARE AND CONDITIONS FREE FROM VIOLENCE. When families’ basic needs are met, stress and burden are reduced. This is an essential strategy for preventing and addressing ACEs.
STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES IN SUSTAINABLE WAYS. If you are a provider, neighbor, friend or loved one, advocating for policies like paid family leave and other early life supports can be transformative for the health and well-being of families harmed by trauma.
ENSURE A STRONG START FOR CHILDREN. Early detection and early intervention are proven to work. In the first five years of life, children’s brains form more than 1 million new neural connections every second. It is a unique window for healing and prevention, and eorts that focus on this stage of life – as windows of opportunities to support whole families – are effective.
HELP TO STRENGTHEN CONNECTIONS. Social, spiritual and community connections are centuries-old strategies that can help to buffer against the effects of repeated traumatic stress, enable positive interactions, and other activities and communities that foster joy.
ADVOCATE FOR JUST, EQUITABLE AND PREVENTION-ORIENTED POLICIES. Policy and norms matter. Whether you are a neighbor or a provider, advocacy is critical to ensuring national, state, and local policies that help kids and families thrive. Advocacy can make an important dierence in funding and advancing proven strategies for prevention and healing.
All In for Kids virtual series is brought to you by Genentech, with support from: Blue Shield of California Foundation, Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Foundation, The Susie Sarlo Family Fund, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
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