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New and Newsworthy
Our Four Building Blocks of HOPE Blog Series Continues
with Safe, Equitable, Stable Environments
In this second part of our four-part series on The Four Building Blocks of HOPE, we are going to discuss the importance of safe, equitable, stable environments for children; how to promote these environments; and some resources to put HOPE into action.

In case you missed the first part on “Supporting Relationships,” and our overview of all four building blocks of HOPE, catch up HERE.
Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Begin July 15
New this year as part of the American Rescue Plan, the largest Child Tax Credit will help families get advance payments starting on July 15. Here's what you need to know:

  • $3,000 per child 6-17 years old
  • $3,600 per child under 6 years old
  • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household)
  • For the first time, people will receive the Child Tax Credit in monthly payments.
  • For every child 6-17 years old, families will get $250 each month, and for every child under 6 years old, families will get $300 each month.
  • The 80% who get their refunds from the IRS through direct deposit will get these payments in their bank account on the 15th of every month until the end of 2021.
  • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive payment by mail around the same time.
Brené Brown Features Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry’s Book “What Happened to You? A Conversation on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.”
In this hour-long interview, Oprah and Dr. Perry discuss their new book, how small traumas activate our stress response, and how to find the path to healing.

Listen to the full episode by following the link below.
Resources To Help You Support Your Patients
AAP's Trauma Toolbox For Primary Care
This 6-part series was designed with the primary care practice in mind – those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events.
12 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Strong Emotions (When Out in Public)
Check out this guide created by Big Life Journal in collaboration with Psychotherapist, Whitney Goodman on how adults and children can process big feelings.

Whether at home or in public, when finding words feels impossible, use one of these 12 helpful ideas to model other solutions we can try!
Aces Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap
This resource was developed by the California Surgeon General’s Network of Care Subcommittee with input from the California Surgeon General’s Clinical Implementation Subcommittee and other stakeholders in collaboration with the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services.
ACEs Aware Screening Implementation Guide
This workbook accompanies the ACEs Aware ACE Screening How-To Guide (How-To Guide).

These workbook materials will support you and your implementation team through each stage and step of implementation.

You can download the full workbook or sections at the start of each stage.
Childhood Trauma and Resilience: A Practical Guide E-Book
With this new practical guide, pediatricians and other child health professionals will learn to identify, evaluate, and treat children and families affected by trauma and adversity when they present at the office.
Highlights From Recent Trainings/Webinars
(We watched them in case you didn't have time to!)
Children’s Hospital Association: Intentional Dismantling of Systemic Racism
  • Racism has been linked to accelerated cell aging.
  • Ways to become Anti-Racist
  • Racial gaps persist in U.S. COVID-19 death rate
La Maida Project "Trauma is Our Heritage, Healing is Our Nature"
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study not only sheds light on the effects of childhood adversity, but it also raises questions about the framework of healing in healthcare. In the first of a two-part webinar series, participants will learn how trauma and toxic stress can heal through an ecological framework of health that includes each individual as part of an organizational system. Integrative psychiatrist Omid Naim, MD, founder of La Maida Project, will discuss how to self-regulate through the latest brain research, how our wisdom traditions of storytelling support health in community, and how shared values can unite us and create a culture that heals, in any organization.
La Maida Project "Healing the Whole through Cultural Transformation"
In the second webinar of this two-part series, integrative psychiatrist Omid Naim, MD, founder of La Maida Project, will lead participants on a journey to understanding ACEs and its role in illuminating how to create a trauma-informed, integrative culture of healing. Dr. Naim will be joined by Ken Epstein, PhD LCSW, leader in trauma-informed systems transformation, to discuss self-empowerment around trauma, and Anil Vadaparty, CEO of child-welfare agency McKinley, to share his personal experience and what it means to lead a trauma-informed organization.
Upcoming Webinars/Events/Trainings
(Skimmed down so you know these are worthwhile!)
Protective Factors & ACEs: Meeting Families with Hope and Healing

July 9, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress (Part 2)

July 14, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.

A City-Wide Improvement Approach to Child Health Equity

July 21, 2021
2-3 p.m. E.T.
Transforming Our Tomorrow:
2021 Virtual Conference

August 10-12, 2021
12th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference - We Can't Wait!
Emerging from COVID, Conflict and Chaos: Creating a Resilient Future for our Children and Communities

September 23-25, 2021
Virtual Conference