Community Resources

Interested in learning more? The resources below will help you connect with organizations promoting the identification and prevention of child maltreatment and dedicated to helping victims and communities handle child abuse and neglect.

Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Trauma-informed care offers a different perspective. Instead of asking a badly behaving child, "What is wrong with you?" we would be asking, "What has happened to you?" These behaviors may be a results of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES); stressful, traumatic experiences that can negatively impact a child's brain development and physical, mental and social behaviors.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board - Wisconsin ACEs Reports

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board has been investing in collecting Wisconsin specific adverse childhood data because of the prevalence and impact that these experiences have on Wisconsin children, communities, and society.

Fostering Futures Wisconsin - ACES Knowledge Base
Fostering Futures Wisconsin - Trauma Informed Care Knowledge Base

Fostering Futures' vision is that all Wisconsin children and families are thriving in nurturing communities; individuals, communities and government integrate trauma-informed, strength-based principles into their relationships, culture, policies and practices, promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships.

Toxic Stress and Trauma-Informed Care for the Pediatrician

This module was developed for pediatric resident education at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Trauma Types

Children can be exposed to a range of traumatic experiences. This list provides an overview of those traumas and links to resources for further study.

Community Resilience Cookbook

Information about Adverse Childhood Experiences-their prevalence, their effects, and the potential for healing-needs to become common knowledge that will bolster a grass-roots movement for change. By thinking, talking and working together, from living rooms to clinic offices to legislative chambers, we can foster healthier, more vibrant lives for every child, teenager and adult.

Resilience Trumps ACEs

The Children's Resilience InitiativeTM (CRI) is working to increase the positive, resilience-building experiences in the lives of the children, parents and families in our community.

Aces Too High

ACESTooHigh is a news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences. We also cover how people, organizations, agencies and communities are implementing practices based on the research.

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma—Introduction

This video discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them.

How Childhood Experiences Shape Our Nation's Health
A Sheriff and a Doctor Team Up to Map Childhood Trauma (Audio)

New findings strongly suggest that Americans are ready for new approaches to address early childhood trauma and stress. To do that in a big way, we need more than science-we need a movement.

Toxic Stress (YoungStar)

This video describes the effects of stress in a child's brain development during the first five years of life.

Resources, Research and Reports

Mandated Reporting for Child Abuse and Neglect

The State of Wisconsin requires individuals who work in certain professions to report child abuse and neglect. This document reviews who must report and answers common questions.

Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development

There is now scientific evidence of altered brain functioning as a result of early abuse and neglect. This emerging body of knowledge has many implications for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board

The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board mobilizes research and practices to prevent child abuse and neglect in Wisconsin.

For Parents

Awareness to Action - For Parents

Awareness to Action is an initiative focused on preventing child sexual abuse by helping adults and communities take action. These resources help parents broaden their knowledge to be better prepared to protect children. is a parenting Web site backed by 64,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The topics listed hear include child injury abuse and neglect.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network -- For Parents

The more you learn about how traumatic events affect children, the more you will understand the reasons for your kids' behaviors, and emotions, and the better prepared you will be to help them cope. When you let your children know that you and other caring adults are working to keep them safe, that you are there to support them, and that there are people who can help them with what they are feeling, most children who have traumatic stress can recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.

Child Welfare

The Well-Being of Children in the Child Welfare System

This analysis of the second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II) data demonstrates that well-being issues are most acute with the youngest children. Those in the infant and toddler age range who come in contact with a child welfare department were sometimes twice as likely as the general population to suffer from emotional problems.