This April, I was inside a high security prison. The plan was to talk to the men there about the work cdv.org does and to educate them on the connection between childhood adversities and the potential impact. While I believe I educated them, they also educated me. Here is what I learned.
The effects of poverty shape long-term health and development in profound ways. When children are exposed to adverse experiences -- physical, emotional, or substance abuse, mental illness, violence-- their systems are stressed to the max.