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Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

2023 Regional Resilience Summit

Building Relationships and Resilience in SE Rural NC Come join us at the Southeastern Agricultural Center in Lumberton, NC, USA for the 2023 Resilience Summit! This in-person event is a unique opportunity to learn and connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about building resilience in Southeast Rural North Carolina. This free event will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Southeastern NC Agricultural Event Center. Registration is required.


Foster care is a crucial system designed to provide temporary homes and care for children who are unable to live with their biological families. While foster care aims to offer stability and support, the experience can be emotionally complex for children. One emotion that often plagues foster children is guilt. Guilt can arise from a range of circumstances and can significantly impact a child's emotional well-being and overall development. This article delves into the various sources of...

August COOP Meeting: Leverage the Latest Brain Science to Build Trust and Community Connections!

Our speaker for the August PACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities meeting will share ways of building community connections we may not have thought of before – starting with trust in the earliest and most important relationships – as well as some challenging news, exciting resources, and timely inspiration. Cooperative of Communities members and members of their communities are invited to join us tomorrow, August 8, 2023, at 10 a.m. PT, Noon CT, and 1 p.m. ET when we welcome Deborah...

Review of “First 60 Days” booklet: Leveraging author’s work and movement could spark revolution to prevent and heal trauma, one precious baby, child, and caregiver at a time.

(This is a review of what I believe is an important new resource for the PACEs [for positive and adverse childhood experiences] science movement. Opinions expressed are my own, and are shared as a parent, advocate, author, and longtime student of trauma, healing, and prevention. Thoughts are also shared through my lens as someone who believes, deeply, in the incredible importance of and value in building healthier, more compassionate communities to support and nurture pregnant and new...

With nowhere else to go, kids needing foster care sleep on the floor in county offices (

Photo Credit: Walt Stoneburner, Flickr Creative Commons By Michelle Crouch, The Charlotte Ledger, July 5, 2023 -- With foster homes in short supply, more than 55 children over the past year have spent at least one night sleeping on an air mattress in a Mecklenburg government conference room; “It’s as bad as it’s ever been.” Dozens of children have been forced to sleep on the floor of Mecklenburg County offices over the past year because of a severe shortage of foster homes and crisis beds,...

Check Out New July Dates Added to the 2023 CRC Summer Curriculum and the Official Launch of the Dedicated CRC Community Page

July is a time to celebrate all summer has to offer by building bridges and innovating with community to get to the heart of trauma-informed awareness and resilience building. This month, we’ve added new July dates to the summer 2023 *CRC* curriculum—but that’s only half of the good news. Last year, the CRC began as a pilot program. Now that it's evolved, what better time to bring accelerator participants together in a PACEs Connection CRC community than the summer? We are proud to announce...

“Caring for our own” theme emerges at May Meeting of North Carolina Chief Justice’s Task Force on ACEs-Informed Courts

Ben David, co-chair of the North Carolina Chief Justice's Task Force on ACEs-Informed Courts, shares plans to sustain the work done during the two-year term of the Task Force, to "care for our own" speaking of North Carolina's children, youth, families, communities, victims of crimes, members of law enforcement, the judiciary and court officers and staffers. He also shared Chief Justice Paul Newby's hopes of "getting ACEs-informed courts" into the culture, and said a national conference for...

“Going Way Upstream” - Panelists at Resilient Pender County Conference report on current trauma prevention and healing efforts; look to future

Amy Read of Coastal Horizons introduces the panel following a viewing of "Resilience: The Biology of Stress, The Science of Hope", at the Pender Resiliency Task Force Mini Conference Thursday, June 8 ,at Heide Trask High School in Rocky Point. A "dream team" of subject-matter expert panelists (L-R) were Ryan Estes of Coastal Horizons, Ben David, district attorney for Pender and New Hanover counties, Judge J. H. Corpening, district court judge for New Hanover and Pender counties, Taylor...

Community leader Bo Dean uses and shares PACEs Connection information and support to “connect to the best of what and who we are”; urges your support!

Bo Dean with New Hanover area Community Resiliency Model trainers Audry Hart, the late Chris Johnson, and J'vanete Skiba. Bo Dean answered the call for monthly donations to PACEs Connection more than a year ago for many reasons, one of the main ones being that PACEs Connection and the work it supports helps us “live into our humanity.” In addition to his supporting learning and development for some 2200 employees in New Hanover County, North Carolina, Dean also co-chairs the County’s...

Historical Marker Ceremony for Dr. Hubert Eaton, Sr.

Historical marker celebrating local civil rights leader to be unveiled on May 1 Provided by Linda Thompson, NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC, April 27, 2023 – The life and work of Dr. Hubert Eaton, a local civil rights champion and community leader, will be commemorated with the installation of a North Carolina Civil Rights Trail marker in front of the Historic Downtown Courthouse in Wilmington (24 N Third Street). A ceremony to officially unveil the marker will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 1...

Honor Black History Month with the Wisdom of J'vanet Skiba, associate director of equity, education and engagement, New Hanover Resiliency Task Force

J’vanete Skiba shares her perspectives from her role as the assistant director for equity, education, and engagement for the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force in Wilmington, North Carolina, on the most recent Resiliency Within podcast with Elaine Miller-Karas, show host, and the co-founder and director of innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute and adjunct professor at Loma Linda University. The vision of the task force is a more resilient and compassionate New Hanover County.

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