by Carol Tullio, CASA of Laramie County
Alli Anderson, Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming
Lynn Huylar, Safe Harbor a children's justice center
Children are one of our society's most vulnerable groups. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study, adverse childhood experiences including verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as family dysfunction (e.g. an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member; domestic violence; or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation), have been linked to a range of adverse heath outcomes in adulthood, including substance abuse, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature mortality.
United Way of Laramie County recognizes that adverse childhood experiences lead to lifelong consequences. United Way of Laramie County supports three distinct, yet like, organizations whose missions are to support children and families who are at risk of adverse childhood experiences. These programs include: Safe Harbor, a children's justice center and it's supervised visitation and safe exchange program; CASA of Laramie County, who work directly with children who have experienced some type of trauma and who have been removed from their home; and Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming, who's focus is to coordinate prevention efforts to build strong families and communities through education and awareness before adverse experiences even occur. Full Story