Consuelo Foundation has supported the local pilot of a new intervention for infants and toddlers and their caregivers, the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Intervention (ABC).  The home based sessions are provided to children and families who have experienced high stress, adversity or who may be referred from the child welfare system.  The sessions work on some of the most crucial skills and interactions of early childhood for secure, nurturing attachments with caregiver(s).  Currently there are 7 professionals who are implementing the ABC Intervention in Hawaii.  Each of them is a powerful example of what can happen when a talented professional, excellent tool and supportive organization combine.  Each coach is certified or nearly certified to provide ABC at their respective organizations.  The ABC Intervention was developed by Mary Dozier, PhD, at University of Delaware.  A local pilot of ABC, which started in 2010 and is still running, demonstrated community receptiveness and appropriateness.  

 The photo was taken after the group presented at the local IVAT conference (Institute on Violence and Trauma) in March 2013.

From left to right:  Allison Lipscomb, MFT, Parents and Children Together; Traci Muramoto, MA, Catholic Charities; Jill Beatty, MSW, Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center; Tiffany Freitas, MA, Hawaii Family Support Services; Ari-Anne Fuchtman, MFT, Catholic Charities Mary Jane Home; Patria Weston-Lee, LCSW, Consuelo Foundation; Jodi Aiu, MSW, Child and Family Service; Erin Henderson, MSW, Keiki O Ka `Aina