QUAD CITIES AREA
In 2013, Family Resources and the Child Abuse Council brought together a group of concerned community partners to prevent, reduce, and address the effects of childhood trauma in Scott and Rock Island County.
Partnership and collaboration with community stakeholders is key to solving problems as complex as child abuse and childhood trauma. That is why we partnered with Family Resources and United Way of the Quad Cities to develop the Quad Cities Area Trauma-Informed Consortium (QCTIC). This consortium is made up of a group of dedicated people and organizations that are working together to provide solutions to make our community a healthier, more resilient place to live.
The Quad Cities Area Trauma-Informed Consortium creates a comprehensive trauma-informed community with individuals, children, and families through outreach, education, training, and support.
A Community of Healthy Families
Communities, families, business, health care, education: we all win when children develop healthy physical and emotional resilience. Together in partnership, the QCTIC provides this vision for our Scott and Rock Island Counties.
Who Makes Up the Consortium?
The Consortium is open to all interested community partners. Currently, we represent a broad spectrum of organizations, including social services, civic leaders, health care practitioners, schools, philanthropic funders, and trauma survivors.
How Can I Get Involved with the Consortium?
Anyone can join the Consortium. The Consortium meets quarterly, and interested community members are invited to participate in the following ways:
Attend meetings to find out what's happening
Receive the meeting minutes and Consortium news via e-mail
The Impact of Childhood Trauma
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are severe traumas that occur during childhood. What we know from research is that children who face traumas such as abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence are much more likely to develop social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Research also demonstrates that traumas often follow children well into their adult lives. Adults who have experienced childhood trauma are more likely to develop difficulties with substance abuse, mental health, divorce, holding down a job, parenting, domestic violence, and incarceration. Childhood trauma survivors also develop serious health issues such as heart disease, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Childhood trauma can include:
Loss of a parent to divorce, abandonment or death
Household substance abuse
Caregiver treated violently
Household mental illness
Incarceration of a parent or caregiver
Trauma can also include many other circumstances, such as witnessing an accident or crime, bullying, being homeless, discrimination, natural disasters, and war. Trauma is experienced individually, although there are many things, individuals, friends, and families can do to help.
Want to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences? Looking for more resources? Check out our Adverse Childhood Experience Page!
Download this document designed for parents and caregivers to understand what trauma is, the impact of trauma and how to build resiliency.
Check out the Trauma-Informed Schools Training Guide here.
Visit the Iowa ACEs 360 Page to learn more about what is going on in our region!
Volunteer professionals from the 2015 Integrity Integrated Leadership class helped create a short video that depicts childhood trauma and how everyone in the community can help reduce childhood stress through caring. A special “thank you” to Mike Mickle, Family Focus Magazine and Mickle Communications, for donating resources to complete the video.
Experiencing childhood trauma is not uncommon. In fact, at least 55% of adults report experiencing at least 1 ACE, and 1 in 5 adults report experiencing 4 or more.
Experiencing an ACE doesn't define us or predict our future, but it does provide us with new insight and understanding into some of the causes of child and adult social, emotional and health related issues. With new understanding; comes a new opportunity for healing and growth.
By changing the question from "What's wrong with you?" to "What's happened to you?" we begin to understand our challenges, and find new ways to improve our lives and our children's lives.
There are many are many resources available to learn more about ACEs:
Talk to a Counselor if you have experienced an ACE
Talk to a Counselor if your child has experienced an ACE
Learn about Family Developmental Resiliency tips and skills
Learn how I can help and what my community is doing to prevent child abuse
Learn about how you can change the moment-and change the future!
A special “thank you” to Mike Mickle, Family Focus Magazine and Mickle Communications, for donating resources to complete the video.
Thank you to Connections Matter for your support!