The effects of trauma are not always limited to the person who experienced it—they can be passed down to the person’s children. When a whole community has experienced trauma, such as through systemic oppression, these cycles of poverty and violence can persist over generations. But with proper support, they can be halted, too. FamilyWise seeks to support families in interrupting these harmful patterns through our intervention programs which focus on building the natural strengths and resilience of families.
FamilyWise is also deeply committed to preventing abuse before it begins through our work as the home of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota and the Minnesota Circle of Parents®. We work to build healthy environments where all children thrive. Our prevention model promotes individual and community-led action to end child abuse and to build the resilience of children, parents and community members in neighborhoods, towns and cities throughout Minnesota.