- The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition sponsored the Look through their Eyes campaign, which offers information about childhood trauma and informative resources, including books and videos. It’s an unfortunate truth – childhood trauma exists. If you’re like most of us, the very phrase “childhood trauma” automatically strikes a note of fear. No one wants it to happen and no one wants to see trauma in a child they love. Unfortunately, childhood trauma does happen. But there is hope. You can do something to prevent, identify and overcome trauma for your child. It all starts when you Look through their Eyes.
- Changing Minds: This website provides resources that will teach you about the science of childhood trauma, and how supportive practices can make a world of difference.
- The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group released three policy briefs on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the health, justice, and education systems including promising practices and recommended actions for change. These briefs were developed by members of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative—system leaders in Illinois who are working from an ACEs-informed lens to improve systems to prevent and mitigate trauma across generations.
- NEAR@Home Toolkit: A Guided Process to Talk about Trauma and Resilience in Home Visiting. This toolkit provides guidance for home visitors to address the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) of young at-risk families. The toolkit was created, reviewed, and tested by home visitors, mental health providers, and other experts in the field of NEAR science — Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience –and home visiting in MIECHV Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). The toolkit is based on a theory of change with five core elements: Preparing, Asking, Listening, Affirming and Remembering. It is designed for home visitors who have some basic knowledge of NEAR science and have at least one year of experience in their model home visiting.
- Visit this site to download a brief that shares research on the impact and prevalence of trauma in the home visiting community, along with informed strategies on integrating a trauma-informed approach into existing systems of care. The brief includes snapshots from home visiting programs who are implementing trauma-informed practices, along with lessons learned, and suggested action steps.
This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number HRSA-16-172 Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
It takes a village. Illinois home visiting collaborates with numerous partners in order to support young children and families. These partners include:
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago • Children’s Home + Aid • Easter Seals • Ever Thrive Illinois • Family Focus • Fussy Baby Network at the Erikson Institute • Heartland Alliance • Illinois Action for Children • Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health • Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics • Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership • Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence • Latino Policy Forum • Metropolitan Family Services • Mothers and Babies Program at Northwestern University • Prevent Child Abuse Illinois • Robert R. McCormick Foundation • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law • The Irving Harris Foundation • The Ounce of Prevention Fund • Voices for Illinois Children