A PATHWAY TO CHILD WELLBEING
Fostering Futures seeks to improve child and family well-being by integrating trauma-informed culture, policies and practices (safety, self-regulation and relationships) at the child/family/community and systems levels to address the epidemic of toxic childhood stress.
Thanks to science, we now understand how chronic toxic stress in childhood can lead to physical and emotional ill health in our community and how we can give new hope to children and families.
We can turn children’s lives around. And you can help. Click here to learn more about the Science of Hope.
By participating in safe, nurturing relationships with a child, we can promote the consistency, stability and resiliency necessary for a child’s health and future success in life.
REASONS FOR HOPE
- Paula’s Story - Paula’s childhood experiences included five of the ACEs measured in the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey as well as the death of one parent. As a child, she tried to tell other people what she was experiencing, but she was told to stop being a baby, or not to talk about ‘that kind of thing.” She […]
CO-OCCURRENCE OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs)
ACEs tend to occur in clusters, such that people who experienced at least one ACE are likely to have experienced multiple ACEs in childhood, and certain ACEs tend carry stronger relationships to other ACEs.
Of Wisconsin adults who have at least one ACE
61% have two or more ACEs.
Of adults with a household member incarcerated during their childhood
64% have four or more ACEs, 31% were sexually abused, and 80% grew up with someone who had a substance abuse problem.
Among those who were sexually abused
85% experienced at least two or more ACEs, and 57% have four or more ACEs.
Of Wisconsin residents who experienced four or more ACEs
90% of them experienced emotional abuse, and 86% grew up with someone in their household abusing alcohol or other drugs.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Learn how to help children heal emotionally by being aware of their situations and becoming an agent of hope.
We can ALL work to prevent ACEs and play a part to influence a child’s life for the better.