Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are we?

    The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) is a community response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), which are significant childhood traumas that result in actual changes in brain development, which then affects your physical and emotional health throughout life.

  • What are ACEs?

    • ABUSE: Physical, sexual and emotional
    • NEGLECT: Emotional or physical
      • Witnessing domestic violence against the mother
      • Living in a home with alcoholism, mental illness, or suicidal household members
      • Incarcerated family members
      • Loss of parent due to death, divorce or abandonment
  • Why should I learn about ACEs?

    Knowing about ACEs can help you learn:

    • To let go of the blame or pity you may feel about how you were raised
    • To build resilience to protect yourself and your children
    • To break the generational cycles of dysfunction
  • What is resilience?

    Resilience is a protective factor…in fact, many protective factors. Protective factors enable us to counter the risk factors that endanger our health. This site offers 42 ways to build resilience and strengthen families. We call these the resilience building blocks. Read more...

  • Did you know?

    • Ridiculing or bullying your child will have a more negative impact on their brain development than actual physical abuse.
    • The likelihood of diabetes, asthma and physical disability increase by 52, 59, and 30 percent with one ACE, and by 89 , 85, and 97 percent with two ACEs.
    • For Washington state adults, 38 percent have no ACEs while 27 percent have 3 or more ACEs.
    • In a typical Washington state classroom, 20 percent of students would have no ACEs while 43 percent would have 3 or more ACEs.

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Teri Barila
CRI Facilitator
Phone: (509) 301-2488

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