CHANGING LIVES

A Message from Nurturing Home…
TFC recently launched a new program in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC)  focused on increasing secure attachment between incarcerated moms and their children.  Our goal is to reduce current trauma for children and increase potential for successful parent/child bonding and relationships once parents are released. Research demonstrates this type of social support increases resilience in both children and parents.  Families meet with their Coach weekly and interact with each other through pre-designed activities that contribute to increasing feelings of safety and promoting exploration for the kids. The children’s temporary guardians commit to bringing them to weekly groups  where their incarcerated moms are allowed physical contact through the program.  A special thank you to the RCADC program department who is working diligently to help coordinate the logistics for these valuable interactions! NOTE: In May, we begin this program in partnership with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office!

CHANGING FAMILIES

Mission Moment from Positive Parenting...
During a recent group, parents were discussing how emotions can impact children’s learning and memories. One mom said, “I wish everyone had this information. I get defensive talking about my parenting style in the community because I feel judged and misunderstood. At TFC, I feel safe talking about my challenges because I know I won’t be judged.”   It’s that sense of safety that helps to give parents a better understanding of how their own ACEs have shaped their lives and parenting skills and to recognize the importance of mitigating childhood trauma through growing their parenting skills.  TFC is  committed to providing a safe space where parents & children can learn techniques for self-regulation and experience deeper bonding with the support of TFC’s Parent Coaches.

CHANGING FUTURES

Our Community Resilience program is actively supporting Davidson County Juvenile Court (DCJC) in becoming a trauma-informed court that better meets the needs of the families crossing its threshold. Their team created a Fostering Resilience Committee consisting of DCJC staff tasked in fostering an environment that encourages safety & empowers staff to become more capable of meeting the needs of our community’s youth and their families. By better understanding how we can work together with greater sensitivity, we can become better at working with those affected by ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments).

This past fiscal year TFC trained close to 700 professionals in recognizing the long-term effects of toxic stress on brain development and how ACEs affect the population’s future health outcomes.  Of these, 132 were trained in building trauma-informed cultures, setting the foundation for a more compassionate system and supporting resiliency throughout the community.

As we round out this fiscal year, we’re still going gangbusters,  including providing Adverse Childhood Experience and Trauma-Informed trainings for over 180 Tennesseans… workers who support our most vulnerable populations, those children and families at risk of experiencing ACEs at home or in their communities.This past fiscal year TFC trained close to 700 professionals in recognizing the long-term effects of toxic stress on brain development & how ACEs affect the population’s future health outcomes.  Of these, 132 were trained in building trauma-informed cultures, setting the foundation for a more compassionate system and supporting resiliency throughout the community.As we round out this fiscal year, we’re still going gangbusters,  including providing Adverse Childhood Experience and Trauma-Informed trainings for over 180 Tennesseans… workers who support our most vulnerable populations, those children and families at risk of experiencing ACEs at home or in their communities.