Promote Child and Family Resilience

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the important role legislation plays in the future of Iowa’s children. We support creation of policy and legislation that would promote child and family resilience.

Goal: Create trauma-informed policies that prioritize prevention and protective factors.

Resilience means the ability to thrive despite adversity. The Iowa Legislature should promote resilience in the state starting with its youngest citizens. Promoting child health—starting at infancy—helps Iowa grow a strong and prosperous workforce.

Adversity in childhood has a direct impact on an individual’s health outcomes and social functioning. Approximately one in five Iowa children has experienced three or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the most common being divorced or separated parents and having lived with someone with a substance-use disorder or mental health condition. Children with three or more ACEs have higher odds of failing to engage and flourish in school.

The impact of ACEs in Iowa is evident through the rise in caseloads in the DHS, the acceleration of the opioid epidemic—which is both driving and affected by family dysfunction—and rising health care costs associated with adult chronic illness.

We encourage you to ask your legislator to support the creation of policies that prioritize prevention and increase protective factors for Iowa children.

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