January 2020
Having just finished one decade and moving on to another, I am thrilled to report that all of our efforts to support children and families are humming along! We are truly positioned to make a huge difference. I believe it is our responsibility to fulfill our potential and make that impact in our community. 
Because you are a member of the Promise Partners Alliance, I'd like to share with you some of the amazing things happening. I hope you'll be as inspired and excited as I am about what we're doing and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Under the guidance of our Coordinating Council, we've developed a plan to build resilience in the families and children in our area.  With our ever-expanding network of child champions, we've trained through the Lemonade for Life Program to help others see that residents cannot rewrite the beginning of their story, but can change how it ends. Our committees are collectively pooling our resources to be more effective and efficient, and others have created plans for public awareness of child abuse and neglect. We recently submitted a proposal to continue to provide Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs (MIECHV) to support pregnant women and families with necessary resources and skills to raise children who are healthy and ready to learn. 
We've heard confirmation that there is still an unmet need that is immense. Supporting children in their infancy and beyond is not an easy task, but it does not relieve us of our duty to do so. 
Moving our mission forward is an exciting undertaking, which will require a strong, collective effort.
Upcoming Pottawattamie County Meetings

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: February 19 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: January 22 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Meeting notes and agendas posted at www.promisepartners.org.
The Facts Are Shocking

One in 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Despite this startling statistic, it's a silent epidemic that people are afraid to talk about.
To prevent abuse, we have to break through the stigma and shame, and talk about how the sexual abuse of children happens. It's the only way we will be able to stop what is arguably the number one health crisis that children face today.

To Stop Child Sexual Abuse, We Must Understand It
Child sexual abuse takes many forms, and they aren't just physical. At its core, child sexual abuse is any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. It also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, and voyeurism. Child sexual abuse can occur anywhere. It happens in places like homes, neighborhoods, schools, and youth sports environments, but it also occurs online, such as child pornography or communicating in a sexual manner by phone or internet.

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training
Coming to Council Bluffs

Whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know or care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news, it can be stopped.
Join us for this 2-hour training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Stewards of Children® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Stewards of Children® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Lisa Project in 10
Coming to Council Bluffs

Some secrets should be told. This traveling multi-sensory exhibit allows visitors to hear, see and experience the reality of child abuse.
A moving experience from start to finish. 
Visit February 21 or 22 at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus- Salvation Army, Council Bluffs.
Iowa DHS - The Lisa Project Promo
Iowa DHS - The Lisa Project Promo
How to Help Children Who are Highly Susceptible to Stress From Quartz News

Why is it that some children thrive in the worst circumstances while others are remarkably sensitive? Tom Boyce, a pediatrician and researcher at University of California San Francisco, has been asking that question for more than 40 years.

Starting in the 1970s, Boyce, like many pediatricians, observed that most kids were physically and mentally resilient-relatively immune to illness, injury, and disease. But a small group of kids seemed to accumulate a disproportionate number of health and behavior problems: from severe respiratory disease, injuries, and developmental delays, to more mental and behavioral issues, like anxiety, depression, and aggression. He could see these kids tended to come from families that faced a lot of stress or adversity, in the form of socioeconomic disadvantage or general misfortune.
..."This work is important because it highlights how individual differences in childrens' temperament can interact with their caregiving environments to give rise to very different developmental trajectories," said Charles Nelson, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School, who has spent 20 years documenting what happens to infants in severe adversity. In caring and nurturing environments, orchids will thrive, he explained, whereas in others, characterized by neglect, abuse, violence and strife, they may suffer. "The context in which children are raised interacts powerfully with their inherent temperaments."

Colleen Winey, West Central Community Action, Head Start
Colleen has been recognized with Starburst Candy for being a star bursting with positivity.
Interactions with Colleen are always positive and upbeat - whether in a group, during the committee meetings, or individually - when you see her out in the community!  She is dedicated to helping others and goes above and beyond to find resources for her clients. She takes extra time to connect them with services and agencies that fit their needs. Her leadership abilities along with her friendly and considerate nature help to improve the lives of the people she works with. 
Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise

C3 De-escalation 
January 15
Council Bluffs, IA

Dealing With Discord
January 21
Omaha, NE

Suicide Prevention Through Identification, Assessment and Intervention
January 23
Council Bluffs, IA

Legislative Coffee
February 1
Council Bluffs, IA

Self Care is Not Selfish
February 21
Omaha, NE

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training
February 21 and 22
Council Bluffs, IA 

Impact After School Conference
April 1 -3
Urbandale, IA

Hot Topics Healthcare Days
April 30 and May 1
Council Bluffs, IA

Child Abuse Prevention Conference 
May 4 - 5
Ankeny, IA
Coming Up:
Gettin' Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World
Starting in January
Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Legal Aid's 
Tax Basics
January 22
Council Bluffs, IA

Red Sand Project
January 24
Council Bluffs, IA

Common Sense Parenting for Parents of School- Agers
January 29 - March 4
Council Bluffs, IA

For more events, visit www.unleashcb.com