January 29, 2019 – Today, Takishia McMiller, Child Protective Services Supervisor with Lee County Government (LCG) Department of Social Services (DSS), served on the community panel at “Compassion ’19: Beyond ACEs – Building Awareness and Resilience in Lee County.”  Presented by United Way of Lee County in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Compassion ’19 invited community stakeholders to learn more about the study of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences); the impacts of ACEs on health and wellness; and strategies to help build resiliency in our communities.

The program opened with a screening of Resilience, an hour long documentary that explores the impact of ACEs on children’s health and wellness that may extend throughout their lifetime and introduces the audience to the emerging concept of trauma-informed care.

“Trauma-informed care is increasingly part of the discussion on how to best provide care and services to clients at DSS,” said Angelina Noel, LCG Director of Social Services.  “But as an emerging model for care, we continue to learn how best to identify, track and provide trauma informed services and programs in order to connect clients to the most appropriate care.”

The community panel discussion following the screening provided audience members various perspectives and examples of strategies to combat the impacts of ACEs in our local community.  Ms. McMiller spoke to the role of Children’s Services at DSS in connecting or helping to create the appropriate family support structure to limit ongoing exposure to ACEs.

“While there are a variety of ACEs the department sees, the majority of the cases referred to Children’s Services result in what we call the family assessment approach; here the focus is less on judging past behavior and more on avoiding future trauma for the child.”  McMiller went on to say, “we know that children in a safe home respond better to care and treatment so we focus on connecting families with the support they need to create and provide that safe home environment.” 

For more information about LCG DSS services and programs, please contact 919-718-4690.  To learn more about creating a trauma informed community with the United Way of Lee County, please contact Kendra Martin at kendramartin@leecountyunitedway.org.

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Photo Attachments:
P1: Pictured left to right – Angelina Noel, LCG DSS Director and Takishia McMiller, LCG CPS Supervisor
P2: Compassion ’19 Community Panel – pictured left to right: Silvia Huffer, Principal at Warren Williams School; Takishia McMiller, CPS Supervisor at LCG DSS; Dr. Wanda Boone, Executive Director at Together for Resilient Youth; and Dr. George S. Ake III, Co-Director of Training at the Center for Child and Family Health
P3: Panaromic view of Compassion ’19 audience members

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Jamie Brown
Community & Governmental Relations Manager
(919) 718-4605