Unaddressed early childhood adversity hurts children, families, and communities. A family's ability to provide stable, nurturing relationships and environments that children need to thrive can be disrupted by household and community factors. These factors include:

  • Traumatic events
  • Poverty
  • Violence
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Substance use
  • Caregiver's mental illness
  • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
  • Neglect

But there is good news!  When children have the benefit of at least one buffering adult, it diminishes the negative impacts of toxic stress and adversity, changing the narrative for their families.

ABC can help!

What is ABC? Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), is an intervention that helps parents recognize ways to strengthen the relationship with their young children and helps children learn to regulate behaviors and emotions.

Benefits of participating in ABC

  • ABC is strengths-based and led by trained Parent Coaches, who observe what parents are doing well, and help parents see their successes.
  • Parents learn to recognize their children's signals for distress and to play in ways that help children develop self-regulation.
  • Children develop critical relationship and developmental skills that have long-term benefits. They learn to rely on and thrust their parents, gain self-control and are able to pay attention in school.

More about ABC

  • 10 weekly, hour-long sessions
  • Other children and caregivers in the home encouraged to participate
  • Well-studied and empirically supported
  • ABC has been implemented all over the world, in many different cultures and environments

Who is eligible?

ABC is designed for families with infants between six and 48 months. Currently, we are accepting families with children up to 24 months. Eligible families are:

  • Parenting under challenging circumstances
  • Living in homes with interpersonal violence and/or poverty
  • Involved in foster care or foster care division
  • Transitioning between caregivers
  • Have caregivers with mental illness or substance use issues
  • Caring for children who have experienced any kind of early adversity or are exhibiting behaviors such as tantrums, biting, separation anxiety, or have experienced abuse or neglect

For more information about this program, please contact Brittany Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-773-1399.


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