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Addressing the Impact of Adultification on Children

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Addressing the Impact of Adultification on Children


There is an urgent need to address and to reduce the number of children who are affected by “Adultification.” Far too many childhoods are interrupted due to adults not fulfilling their roles as adults and parents.

Children frequently take on the roles of adults and/or parents particularly in circumstances that involve poverty, mental health, disability challenges, violence and absent parents due to incarceration and/or drug addictions. And in so doing, it often leads them down the paths of homelessness, the criminal justice system, substance use, school suspensions, teenage pregnancy and a multiple of health and social determinants.

When teachers and law enforcement have insufficient tools and knowledge for recognizing an adultified child or adolescent, the outcomes can be even more detrimental for the child, their family and their community.

This training has four objectives which includes participants’ understanding the definition, pathways, health implications and how to engage families who are experiencing adultification as a means to “get by” or to make ends meet. This training will conclude with loads of ideas on how to explore solutions to supporting “childhood innocence.”



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