Since April 2012, thousands of Franklin County professionals have been introduced to the biology of the brain by Dr. Bruce D. Perry, founder of the ChildTrauma Academy, as a way to understand complex developmental trauma and how to enrich learning experiences for all children. Educators, early childhood professionals, juvenile justice staff, judges, policy makers, youth program personnel and others have attended these trainings, and more than 100 foster, adoptive and kinship families and their support teams have worked with Dr. Perry to better understand their children's behaviors and how to enhance their learning experiences. Together, our community is weaving an infrastructure of professionals who are networking to learn and apply trauma informed care principles to better serve our children and families.
In addition to the trainings, local professionals are developing developmentally appropriate trauma-informed practices in preschools and elementary schools throughout Franklin County in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and several local school districts.
Dr. Perry also was the featured speaker at the April 23, 2014, Columbus Metropolitan Club where he explained to local leaders the fundamental role developmental biology inevitably plays in all education and early childhood initiatives. That event can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXdBFFph2QQ.
Franklin County FCFC appreciates the generous support of its numerous child- and family-serving partner agencies and organizations who have joined together to advance this initiative. Chief among these allies is the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. Other key partners have included the Franklin County Commissioners, Action for Children, OCCRRA, OACCA, Ohio Children's Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and The Ohio State University P-12 Initiative and the College of Education and Human Ecology.