Battling Trauma and Toxic Stress – At the Community and Individual Levels

St. Louis Family & Community Partnership Meeting, March 16, 2016 Attendees at the March 16 St. Louis Family & Community Partnership meeting at Vision for Children at Risk heard two complementary perspectives in the battle against trauma and toxic stress. Jennifer Brinkmann and Sean Marz from Alive and Well STL and the St. Louis Regional Health Commission discussed their community-wide […]

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What every child needs: Addressing toxic stress

Commentary published in Feb. 23, 2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Link to article By Kenneth Haller, MD, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University School of Medicine “If we pray, we won’t get shot.” These seven words, spoken by a 9-year-old St. Louis girl named Destiny, convey the impact of toxic stress on the lives of children better than all […]

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Must-Read: Post-Dispatch Special Report on Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress

In the Feb. 21 special report, “The Crisis Within,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and reporter Nancy Cambria spell out in detail the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children, the science behind how stress in the mother and child affects the child’s development, and some solutions to countering stress. The report tells the stories of families affected by poverty, gun violence, […]

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Full Frame Initiative and Signs of Safety Inform Children’s Division Practice

Information about two best practice programs being used by the Missouri Children’s Division in child welfare services was shared by Annette House, Regional Director of the Children’s Division, at the Jan. 19 St. Louis Family & Community Partnership meeting. The two programs are Full Frame Initiative and Signs of Safety. Following is an overview of each. Full Frame Initiative The […]

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“Stepping Up for Kids” Honors Outstanding Service to Kids in Foster and Adoptive Care

An audience of 280 guests joined the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership in celebrating all who give of themselves to care for children in foster and adoptive care at the second annual Stepping Up for Kids luncheon on Oct. 9, 2015, at Norwood Hills Country Club. Stepping Up for Kids awards were presented to resource families and  agency staff […]

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