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How Community Networks Stem Childhood Traumas [New York Times]

Friday, August 19, 2016  
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The Family Policy Council was established in Washington State in the 1990s to stem a rise in youth violence. Given a modest budget and a statewide mandate, this organization focused on helping counties across the state establish their own community networks. These community networks created solutions that addressed several related causes of youth violence including child abuse, domestic violence, placement of children outside their family homes, rising high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, youth substance abuse, and youth suicide. The Family Policy Council also made it a priority to distribute research on adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, to their network of community networks. Although funding for the Family Policy Council was ultimately cut in 2012, the work that this organization accomplish has had a lasting and positive effect on communities throughout the state.


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