Urge Legislators to Pass This 2017 Act.

When children don't have the opportunity to heal from the trauma they've experienced, the unaddressed effects are enormous. Trauma affects a child's brain development. Subsequently, children who experience trauma often struggle in school. Their exposure to violence and constant stress may cause them to act out, making it hard for them and their peers to learn.

A child’s emotional and educational challenges can threaten their potential to become a productive adult and they are at risk to experience major medical and behavioral health issues. As adults, they are more likely to contribute to another generation of stress and violence in families and communities. The economic burden from new cases of the trauma of child abuse and neglect alone is $124 billion each year.

What Is On the Table?

The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act of 2017 has identical bills in the U.S. House (H.R. 1757) and Senate (S.774). Their sponsors recognize the impact of trauma and toxic stress on communities and the people who live in them — especially children and their development. They also recognize that children can overcome adversity to succeed and thrive, but they need help.

The legislation seeks to improve coordination and training among existing federal programs and federally supported services to identify children who have experienced trauma and provide them with immediate support. It also calls for demonstration projects to test innovative, trauma-informed approaches for delivering early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment services. It has the potential to help make all communities trauma-informed.

What You Can Do to Help

  1. Call or email your legislators! Look up your senators and your representatives and let them know you support the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act of 2017. You can also contact the leaderships in both the Senate and the House.
  2. Tweet and post Facebook messages to your legislators as well. 
    • To tweet directly to your lawmaker, insert his/her handle before the tweet content. You can find legislators' Twitter handles here. Be sure to tag your posts with #TICCFA.
    • To find lawmakers on Facebook, simply search for their names and "Like" their page.
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