Welcome to the

Inaugural Issue of

The State of Our

Children 360

Each quarter, we will share some of the most pressing issues facing our kids through the lens of those who are involved, impacted or are providing care. That means we will include the clinical and research voices of physicians, the parents’ experience and when appropriate, the child’s own insight, as well as social workers, psychologists, community partners, advocates and others. Together, we will provide you, our partners and stakeholders, with a holistic view on the challenges of childhood today. There is no doubt that an issue looks different depending on where we sit -- and we hope that these viewpoints will help to broaden our own perspectives.


We look forward to sharing this full circle view of important issues, trends and challenges that our children share -- and that we can only impact by working together. 

Lynne Ashbeck, SVP Chief Community Impact Officer

Valley Children's Healthcare

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Abuse: A Physician's Recommendation to Help Build Resilience

To talk about abuse and neglect is to acknowledge the importance of prevention and building resilience in children. Understanding protective supports and how ACEs directly impact their long-term health is essential to making a difference.

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In Merced, Stanislaus, Madera, Kings and Kern Counties, 1 case of child abuse is reported every 9 minutes – learn how to protect children in our community.


A national report estimated that approx. 588,229 children were found to be victims of abuse and neglect -- know the data, disparities and high-risk situations.


The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center (CAP-T) is dedicated to providing physical and emotional services for children suspected of being abused


How I Broke the Cycle of Inter-generational Trauma

The impact inter-generational trauma has on adults clearly depicts the risk of hurting others, but also the increased chance of surrounding yourself with people who continue to be hurtful. Learn about how Christine overcame trauma and learned to break the cycle of abuse for her family.

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Participate in a regional, virtual conference on April 21 hosted by our Guilds CAP-T Center. Sign up to hear from experts on abusive head trauma and personal experiences on healing and advocacy.


The Madera County Department of Social Services is proud to host the Lisa Project – an experience created to raise awareness of the impact of child abuse and help protect children.

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8% of boys and 20% of girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Learn how to talk with children about body safety and how they can protect, educate and empower themselves.

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Learn the Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect From a Child Advocacy Specialist

Children depend on their community and each of us to remain vigilant for signs of abuse or neglect. Speaking up can save the life of a child, so here are a few things you can look out for to learn.

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