The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) offers a variety of programs and services to Alaskan families, with the primary goal of preventing child neglect and abuse, and minimizing the strain it places on children, families, and communities as a whole.
One such program is the Alaska Resilience Initiative. A collective of nonprofit, private, and government organizations, the Initiative promotes community empowerment and encourages education and discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).
By fostering community awareness, creating informed educational and family systems, and providing focused interventions, the Initiative works to reduce trauma and build resilience in public and private spheres.
Research about, and the mapping of, ACEs in Alaska is ongoing, and a 2014 survey report by the Alaska Children’s Trust explored the public’s response to this specialized field. From these responses, goals were suggested and extrapolated, including the expansion of Medicaid, and improved funding for prevention and intervention programs. Information from resources like this survey have influenced the focus of ACT programs like the Alaska Resilience Initiative.