ACEs Connection Network and the Kennedy Forum Host Pre-Premiere of the Documentary Paper Tigers

When I heard this vignette, I realized the full potential of the documentary Paper Tigers to change how people think about childhood adversity and mobilize them to demand trauma-informed practices and policies—in schools, in healthcare, and beyond. It was a brief encounter on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, between a woman who works on behalf of children in foster care and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy who the afternoon before saw the film at a private, pre-premier in Washington, DC. His response to her words of concern for children whose life circumstances are so difficult was heartfelt agreement that the need is great, adding that these kids face “paper tigers” daily and the stress can be overwhelming. We have to take new approaches that address ACEs and build resiliency, he said.

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