04 Mar Kosair Charities Face It Movement Releases New CONNECT Resource
LOUISVILLE, KY (March 4, 2021) – Now more than ever, it is important for parents and caregivers to stay connected to family, friends, and professional helpers to continue to help their children be resilient during difficult times.
In partnership with Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN), the Kosair Charities Face It Movement has developed the CONNECT brochure and accompanying resource webpage to provide helpful reminders for ways to stay connected throughout life’s ups and downs.
“Parents and caregivers are facing immense challenges every day, and that stress is felt by the whole family. Building community connection and resiliency – a way to bounce back and heal after especially stressful or traumatic experiences – is a key component to building strong families, no matter if that is a two-parent home juggling at-home learning and working, a grandparent caring for their young grandchildren navigating community and state supports, or a single parent working to make ends meet as they go through recovery,” said Dr. Christina Howard, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Using the acronym CONNECT, the brochure and expanded web-based resource offers parents and caregivers a variety of tools from crisis hotlines to practical self-care tips to ideas to build a support network in your community and foster stronger connections within the family.
“Child safety is an adult responsibility that begins within the family and relies on a supportive community. The CONNECT resource seeks to equip families with the tools needed to nurture those critical relationships. This is an upstream approach to help meet families where they’re at in order to prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences,” Ashley Bush, DrPH, Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network Executive Committee Member.
“Through the challenges of the past year, we understand the urgency of community connection and familial support. Whether it is the family dinner conversation starters, de-escalation strategies, community resource tips, or the mindfulness guide, our hope is that families can reference this toolkit as a way to build stronger support networks,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities.
View and download the CONNECT resource at faceitmovement.org/connect/.