Q: For making change, who do I contact? Who are the decision-makers?

When it comes to the complex arena of preventing childhood trauma and maltreatment, there are many systems to work with and influence. I would start with asking city and county elected leadership two simple questions:

“What is the strategic plan to prevent and treat adverse childhood experiences, trauma and maltreatment?”

“We know our most vulnerable families need access to trauma-informed behavioral health care, medical care, safe housing, secure food, parent supports, youth mentors and early childhood learning programs. To what degree do they have easy access to vital services in our city and county?” (Our book Anna, Age Eight provides a Resilient Community Experience Survey that can get the answers from parents and youth.)

Direct these questions to: the city mayor and councilors, county commissioners, school board members and state lawmakers. All our listed on websites found through an quick search.