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Toxic Stress and Brain Development:
What Foster Care Staff and Foster Families Need
to Know
Date: Thursday, July 10 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Savannah Technical College
Crossroads Technology Campus, Room 180
190 Crossroads Parkway

Cost: FREE
Stress is a part of life, but too much stress can have long-term negative effects on children's brain development. Unfortunately, many children enter the foster care system because of stressful circumstances. Some of their behaviors, attitudes, and ways of interacting are directly related to the level of stress in their brain. Foster care staff and foster parents need to understand what toxic stress looks like, and to know how to buffer these children from toxic levels of stress in order to support healthy brain development.

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn
 How the brain responds to stress
 The three different levels of stress
 Warning signs and potential effects of toxic stress on the brain
 Specific sources of potential stress among children in the foster care system
 Strategies adults can use to buffer young children from toxic levels of stress

The presenter is Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor and Extension Human Development
Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of
Georgia, and co-leader and content expert for Better Brains for Babies.

How to Register
 Register online at by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8
 If you have problems registering online, call 706-542-7566

This training is sponsored and led by Better Brains for Babies. For more information, go to




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