A resilient and thriving community where healthy children and families are safe and achieve their full potential in life
To transform Richland County into a trauma-informed community by developing the systems and services that prevent and treat the toxic effects of trauma and promote the well-being of all children and families
Resilient Richland is a coalition of public and private agencies that individually recognized the impact of trauma on children and families and committed to a collective response. Early leadership came from different sectors including school districts that initiated training on trauma, the Richland County Public Defender’s Office which implemented a re-entry program for youth, United Way of the Midlands focused on the impact of trauma on youth who are homeless, and the Children’s Trust led education across the state on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Other agencies provided training and new services. In September 2017 leaders from 15 agencies affirmed the urgency of addressing trauma and their willingness to participate. More than 20 agencies are now engaged in planning strategies to address trauma.