Clackamas County hosts screening of film “Resilience” as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month events

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Clackamas County will host a viewing and discussion of the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” on Monday, April 1, followed by a Pinwheel Planting Celebration in honor of all the children of Clackamas County during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Children can experience many struggles and challenges while growing up. Resilience is the ability to adapt, cope and thrive despite tough, stressful and traumatic times,” said Rod Cook, Director of Clackamas County’s Children, Family & Community Connections Division, “The film ‘Resilience’ reveals that our minds may forget, but our bodies remember.”

Event participants will learn practical tools to help build resilience, discuss how some communities are putting these early discoveries into action and look at local supports and strengths for families. 

The public is also invited to take part in the county’s annual Pinwheel Planting Ceremony immediately following the film screening. During the ceremony, blue pinwheels will be placed around the edges of the county’s Circle of Honor to remind us of the important role we each play in ensuring every child has an equal opportunity for healthy physical, emotional growth and development. Participants will be offered additional pinwheels to take to their organizations’ sites to honor children and families.

The screening of “Resilience” and discussion will begin at 2 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium at 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045. The annual Pinwheel Planting Celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the Red Soils Circle of Honor located within walking distance of the auditorium.

The “Resilience” trailer can be viewed online at the following link: https://vimeo.com/137282528

Registration is online via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2UzO35p

This event is sponsored by Children, Family & Community Connections Division; Clackamas Parenting Together and the Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County; Children’s Center; Northwest Family Services; and Healthy Families of Clackamas County.

For questions about the “Resilience” and Pinwheel Planting Ceremony events, the public may email ClackamasParenting@gmail.com or call 503-650-5682.

For more information, members of the media may contact Community Relations Specialist Gari Johnson at 503-742-4370 or gjohnson2@clackamas.us.