Resilience and Well-being

Resilience and Well-being

New science is helping us to understand resilience and how it helps us to process traumatic events in ways that minimize damage to their physical health, mental health, and relationships. Here we focus on the biological processes that undergird resilience, the types of environments and experiences that help children strengthen their resilience, and effective strategies for working with children and families in ways that promote and support resilience.

Digital Dialogues

Addressing the Systemic Inequities that Stand in the Way of Children's Well-Being
Poverty, race, culture, or zip code should not predetermine a child’s school and life success. This digital dialogue explored the historical roots and current practices and policies that may lead to racial disparities (e.g., conflation of effects of poverty and neglect/abuse) within early childhood and child welfare.

All Children—All Families: Improving Practice For and With LGBTQ+ Youth and Families
The Human Rights Campaign is working with hundreds of child welfare systems across the nation to build new and inclusive practices for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Learn more about the effective innovations being put into practice and tools you can use to shift practice in your own program and system.

Are the Words "Toxic Stress" Toxic? Re-thinking the Narrative About Early Life Stress
In our concern about early adversity, are we selling short the capacity of individuals and communities to heal and grow?

Balancing ACEs with HOPE
ACEs are not the only important childhood experiences that have lifelong health consequences.

Resilience: Building Community Awareness through Film Screenings
Community organizations across the country have used the film Resilience to engage communities in child abuse and neglect prevention. Host a dialogue on Resilience in your community!

Using Science to Understand the Effects of Adversity and Build Resilience
How new science is changing how we think about early childhood adversity and resilience.

Tools & Tip Sheets

From the Field: Are the Words "Toxic Stress" Toxic? [PDF]
Discover how to shift the narrative around early life stress to one that focuses on root causes of stress and celebrates the resilience of children, families, and communities.

From the Field: Balancing ACEs with HOPE [PDF]
Explore the role of positive experiences early in life as powerful factors that can break the link between ACEs and poor health.


Partners United for Supportive Housing
How does it change the game when you provide stable housing to families first, then address their other complex needs? 07:55

Building Community, Building Hope
The full-length film profiles three programs engaging communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. Start the conversation in your community about what you can do to support families. 22:39

From Our Partners

Parental Resilience, Child Welfare Information Gateway
This page provides a number of resources to help those who are looking to support parental resilience building.

Building Child Welfare Agency Capacity to Address Well-being, Capacity Building Center for States
The Center’s resources promote protective factors, child and youth well-being, parent and caregiver well-being, parenting resources, and capacity building for programs and systems. Capacity building strategies include increasing the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals to integrate service systems; restructure programs and services to better address social, emotional, and behavioral functioning; and support the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Well-Being and the Young Child, FRIENDS National Resource Center
This collection of guidance and resources focuses on the role that prevention programs can play in promoting the well-being of families with young children.