Children’s Resilience Initiative



Check out our updated research report on resilience and school performance of students at Lincoln High School

 Go to the Resilience in Action page to download!

And visit ACES TOO HIGH website to read summary article of research findings

Resilience Trumps ACEs

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 Through this website you will learn how resilience can help to overcome adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). No one gets to choose the hand that they are dealt. We can all change the cards in our hands by building resilience into our daily lives.

final Fan o CardsThe cards displayed are part of our deck of cards teaching model to promote the development of resilience strategies. To learn more click here

What is CRI?

The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) is working to increase the positive, resilience-building experiences in the lives of the children, parents and families in our community.

We are creating a community conversent in ACEs and Resilience, starting with awareness and education. We achieve this in many respects- through hundreds of community presentations, the creation of teaching tools, the development of a framework for building a thriving community; the development of a model of services for ACEs support and a model of services for building resilience. In our practice, all roads lead to resilience. We also provide research and resources that support our work. With an understanding of ACEs and resilience, we can rise above the challenge of ACEs and thrive! After all, Resilience is our middle name!

Why?: When we became aware of the research on ACEs and the impact of toxic stress to a child’s developing brain, we felt our community would want to know about this amazing information. It clearly shows that there are real ways to reduce ACEs and their effect.  We created CRI, a grassroots, community response to ACEs, to help people see the power in Resilience!

Vision: All young people thrive and parents raise their children with consistency and nurturance to develop lasting resilience in the community as a whole.

Mission: Mobilizing the community through dialogue to radically reduce the number of adverse childhood experiences while building resilience and a more effective service delivery system.

Goals: We are striving to create a community conversant in ACEs and resilience with the capacity to foster resilience on a continuum. Please see our theory of change and outcomes for: ParentsSchools.

Who is doing this work? CRI is a team of community members and parents. Teri Barila, of the Washington State Community Network System, facilitates for the team.

Watch this video for a short introduction of CRI

Be a F.O.R.S.E. in your community

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Image by Lincoln High student Brendon Gilman

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