Adverse Childhood Experiences

Supporting Alaska Native Youth

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Providing Resources and Information

Children will thrive when they receive guidance, hope, and love from an adult mentor.  A trusting and optimistic relationship with parents/guardians, elders and community volunteers can have a profound effect on the success of a child’s life, including personal growth and development, avoidance of risky behaviors, and increased educational success.

Toolkits and Resources

Prevention of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

The Resource Basket is not a direct service provider.   We are here to provide helpful links to connect parents, families, caregivers and the community at large with the resources needed to protect Alaska Native youth and strengthen Alaska’s tribal communities.

The Facilitator’s Guide to Resilience

Paper Tigers

The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope:  Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, TOXIC STRESS can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.  Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is  determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a  childhood that no child would choose.

History and Hope

Alaska Children’s Trust

Bringing together Alaska Native ancestral knowledge of trauma and resilience; the sciences of neurobiology, physiology, and epigenetics; data on social and economic stressors affecting Alaskan families; simple brain-body healing exercises; and promising practices in education and early childhood settings.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Alaska

Alaska Resilience Initiative

Explore these links for background and data on trauma and resilience. An asterisk (*) denotes Alaskan resources.   Also be sure to browse our other resource pages: tools for trauma-informed change, History and Hope resources, and trainings.

Trauma Responses – NNABS

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Resource List for Trauma Responses. If you are experiencing any traumatic stress, panic, anxiety, depression, or hopelessness, you are not
alone, and help is available! 

On the following page, you’ll find more long-term resources and strategies for self-care. While trauma has profoundly impacted our lives and families, we also know that these impacts CAN be reversed through trauma-informed support and care.

Alaska Study

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

“Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, or a parent in jail.

Childhood trauma may lead to serious health problems that last into adulthood and even future generations, researchers have found.
The cause: Children’s stress hormones can reach toxic levels that interfere with their brain development. It doesn’t have to be
this way.

Stress Management and Building Resiliency with Mindfulness

Wendy Degraffenried, BSN

Mindfulness research shows that in order to improve attention, increase emotional regulation and sense of well-being, you must reduce emotional emergencies and improve empathy and social skills.  Adding mindfulness to any setting can cultivate an exceptional learning environment, create positivity, develop compassion, build resiliency, and improve grades in school.  Participants will discover the positive impacts of mindfulness, participate in mindful strategies, learn how to access multiple resources, and how to integrate mindfulness into a trauma-sensitive cases. 

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Providing Support to Alaskans

It is the duty of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to provide leadership in the advocacy, planning, implementing and funding of services and programs for Trust beneficiaries. The Trust Land Office is contracted exclusively by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to manage its approximately one million acres of land and other non-cash assets to generate revenue to better serve our beneficiaries.

Alaska OCS

State of Alaska

MISSION:  Ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children by strengthening families, engaging communities, and partnering with tribes.

Alaska Report Child Abuse. Reporting of sexual abuse to OCS and Law Enforcement.

Safety Hotlines

Crisis Support

Resources – Helping Young Alaskans Succeed

Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS)

State of Alaska

The Alaska Office of Children’s Services works in partnership with families and communities to support the well-being of Alaska’s children and youth. The Office of Children’s Services strives to fulfill its mission to protect and serve Alaska’s children and families.

MISSION:  Ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children by strengthening families, engaging communities, and partnering with Tribes.

VALUES:  Safe children, strong families

The Resource Basket

This is a RurAL CAP affiliated program.