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Solano Cty, CA: "Abuses at home" cause lifelong problems for children

Feb 10, 2018, Fairfield (CA) Daily Republic: Solano plan: Toxic childhood stress has lifetime consequences https://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/solano-plan-toxic-childhood-stress-has-lifetime-consequences/ One of the barriers to attaining a useful education is what medical experts call ‘toxic stress” during childhood. The long-term stress can have a direct and negative impact on the child’s health as they age, but also carry serious lifetime consequences – many of which are the target of the 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan for Solano County. … While many of the K-12 issues are the responsibility of the education system, members of the Board of Supervisors were told Tuesday that it does not all fall on the schools. Gene Ibe, Family Support/Parent Education Program manager for First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, said identifying adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, is critical. Many of those are the result of abuses at home. “It is important to understand ACEs because traumatic experiences in childhood causes what experts have termed ‘toxic stress,’ ” Ibe said. “It’s an excessive, persistent stress that a person’s own system can’t deal with any longer, and in children this can alter their brain and body development.” The causes can be the result of physical or emotional abuse, or even witnessing long-term domestic abuse within the family. Living around alcohol and substance abuse is also a cause, Ibe said. If a child does have developmental issues, then that hinders the ability to get a proper education, which in turn can lead to unemployment, poverty, homelessness – even premature death. …