There is no denying, though, that for families having new babies, or adopting, or providing foster care for babies during the Pandemic, there were additional stresses.
Join PACEs Connection for a free webinar October 19 from 12 p.m to 1:30 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. - 10:30 PT, to explore how leaders in one state, and two PACES Connection senior staff members, have been addressing the challenges of welcoming a new baby – or multiple babies – during that time.
Please register here.
Trauma experts share their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth during the Pandemic
PACEs Connection CEO Ingrid Cockhren, leads, among multiple educational offerings, the PACEs Connection Historical Trauma in America series. She will share about historical trauma and the Racial Reckoning erupting during the Pandemic, as well as her personal experience of giving birth to twins – a girl and a boy – in November, 2021.
Cockhren will be joined by Porter Jennings McGarity, PhD, LCSW, and PACEs Connection trauma-informed criminal Justice consultant and director of continuous quality improvement (CQI). Jennings-McGarity gave birth to two sons during the Pandemic.
How Oklahoma looks to support parents, caregivers, families, children
Linda Manaugh, chief program officer of the Potts Family Foundation, which is leading the work in Oklahoma, and Marlo Nash, a longtime consultant on early childhood and child welfare systems, will be joined by Laura Porter, international expert on the science of adverse childhood experiences, to discuss the work in Oklahoma.
Porter is the co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC. She, Manaugh and Nash have worked together to design, secure American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for, and implement the groundbreaking work in Oklahoma.
The work involves research in 15 communities to learn more about how young children and families are doing, what their needs are, and how well their communities are supporting them.
How can PACEs Connection members help support families who welcomed babies during the Pandemic?
Rounding out the webinar to share learning that can be used across all communities, Deborah McNelis, M.Ed, will share about ways to be supportive of babies born during the Pandemic, and their caregivers. McNelis is an early brain development specialists and the creator of resources to encourage positive childhood experiences in young families.
Register for the webinar here.
Full disclosure: McNelis donates to PACEs Connection five percent of net profits from related sales of her Neuro-Nurturing(R) materials from Brain Insights.