Our “Building Better Lives” Initiative

Franklin County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) is proud to be working with Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., PH.D., and numerous child- and family-serving organizations and educational entities in Franklin County to learn his concepts and incorporate them into preschool, elementary and high school classrooms; child care centers; and elsewhere. Read more about the "Building Better Lives" Initiative.

Our Building Better Lives Conference

The Building Better Lives Conference, presented by the Franklin County Family and Children First Council and its community partners, is a series of forums featuring leading national and international authorities on child trauma and brain development. This year’s conference features Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D and three fellows from the ChildTrauma Academy.

2016 Building Better Lives Conference Details

Date: March 22 & 23, 2016
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Synopsis: ChildTrauma Academy was founded by Dr. Bruce Perry as a Community of Practice among organizations and individuals to “translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children.”  In this two-day conference, participants representing a broad spectrum of child-serving fields will learn about Dr. Perry’s groundbreaking work on brain development and consider ideas to improve resiliency, promote collaboration, and develop creative solutions that are applicable to their daily work.


Since 2012, the Building Better Lives Program has reached over 10,000 community members in Central Ohio. As a result, an infrastructure of professionals working together to learn and apply trauma-informed care principles to their work with children and families continues to grow.

Read more and view photos from past conferences and the "Building Better Lives" Initiative.