Drug Endangered Children's Initiative/Handle with Care

  • Sharing our work on Adverse Childhood Experiences and our office’s response during COVID-19.

    We continue to adapt our methods so that our efforts will survive beyond the era of social distancing.

    Thank you to Massachusetts MOVA  for hosting this Zoom webinar.



  • Relaunch of the Handle with Care Program in Plymouth County

    On February 25, 2021- District Attorney Tim Cruz kicked off the relaunch of the Handle with Care Program across Plymouth County.

    District Attorney Cruz and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) first implemented the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model as a pilot program in the  Brockton Public Schools in 2008.

    The goal was two-fold:

    1. To treat the child victims and witnesses of violence by treating their exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
    2. To prevent the next generation of abusers.

    District Attorney Cruz and members of his staff trained the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice on the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” model.  In turn, the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice used the training to develop the “Handle with Care” communication protocol to help schools better identify students with ACEs.

    West Virginia first implemented “Handle with Care” at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in Charleston, WV in 2013.

    Prior to this relaunch, the Handle with Care Program has been utilized in a several of our school districts across Plymouth County, under various titles.  This relaunch now brings a cohesive county-wide approach to this program.

    The way the Handle with Care program works:

    If a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s information is forwarded to the school before the school bell rings the next day. The school implements individual, class and whole school trauma-sensitive curricula so that traumatized children are “Handled With Care”. If a child needs more intervention, on-site trauma-focused mental healthcare is available at the school.

  • Handle with Care Training- Brockton- February 1, 2021

    DECI training BrocktonTraditional support systems for children typically in place in a school setting look different this year.

    Zoom training at West Middle School in Brockton today so that educators are armed with the latest tools to help kids succeed.

    Thank you Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.