Prevention & Resilience

All children benefit from strong families and safe communities where their needs are met. Most children are growing up with these supports. Unfortunately, many are not. Read more about the issue of child abuse and neglect in Alaska.

In recent years, we have learned a great deal about the importance of childhood experiences to lifelong well-being. Positive experiences in childhood often lead to healthy and productive adulthood. Negative experiences, which can also be called Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, can lead to poorer mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic status in adulthood. Read more about ACEs.

While we cannot eliminate ACEs entirely, we need to focus on reducing the types of trauma in our control while also providing children with the tools to respond to life’s challenges. We need to build resilience not only in children, but within families and the communities and systems that support them. Read more about building resilience.

Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) takes advantage of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April to educate Alaskans on child abuse and neglect prevention and building resiliency. Our Alaska Parent Line, accessible by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.alaska211.org, offers support and resources for anyone raising a child. And if you see or suspect child abuse or neglect, care enough to call. Click here for information on how to report child abuse.

VIDEO: 5 Steps you can take to raise awareness about child abuse

The American Youth Policy Form (AYPF) has created this animated video focused on the intersection of child abuse, foster care and trafficking. We know that youth in foster care and/or involved in the child welfare system, especially young girls, are vulnerable to sex trafficking. This form of child abuse is still a new concept and these resources are designed to build awareness.