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Children’s Trust News

South Carolina ACE Initiative Provides Guidance for Maryland

A new initiative that addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has launched in Maryland through the work of that state’s leading child abuse prevention organization, which used the Children’s Trust ACE Initiative in South Carolina as a model for its effort.

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Strengthening Families Through a Wider Variety of Voices

As the Strengthening Families Program grows in South Carolina, so does the outreach to get more men involved in the delivery of the sessions. This strategic push is one way to reach young boys in the program and also get more fathers involved as participants with their families. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered a recent SFP training session that included nine men among the 30 attendees.

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Making the Case for Providing Community-Wide Parenting Support

Ron Prinz, Ph.D, a Carolina Distinguished Professor in psychology and director of the Parenting & Family Research Center at the University of South Carolina, leads studies aimed at testing interventions and strategies for improving the well-being of children, families, and communities. Dr. Prinz also directs the USC Research Consortium on Children and Families and co-leads the USC Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program.

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Making Prevention a Priority in South Carolina

Children’s Trust held its biennial Prevention Conference Oct. 2-3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Neil White, who tells the organization’s stories, chronicles the event that brought together nearly 800 attendees for two days of learning and sharing.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Have Impact on Food Insecurity for South Carolina’s Children

Chelsea Lynes is the coordinator for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Children’s Health Assessment Survey, as well as the data analyst for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. She writes about the annual meeting over the summer of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in Boise, Idaho, where the issue of adverse childhood experiences and the connection to food insecurity was discussed.

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Sharing Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences: ‘Inspiring and Life-Changing’

Children’s Trust seeks to spread the message about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) through its statewide initiative. Our ACE trainers are reaching many groups, including Richland District 2 educators at the start of a new school year, to explain why we are working diligently to prevent the trauma of childhood adversity, which can have serious lifelong consequences. Neil White, who tells the stories of Children’s Trust, covered this recent presentation.

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Legislature Passes Earned Income Tax Credit

The S.C. Legislature passed an Earned Income Tax Credit for working families as part of the roads bill. The EITC is an important component of the Early Childhood Common Agenda, a policy initiative led by Children’s Trust, Institute for Child Success and the United Way Association of South Carolina.

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