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The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, in coordination with the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce, presented the April 2018 Community Impact Award to an outstanding individual who works hard to ensure that the children and families in our community have all the supports they need.

The research is clear that when a child experiences trauma, their brain changes in ways that can inhibit learning and cause them to exhibit behavior problems. When the people in our community are trained to respond appropriately to these children, they can help prevent the risky behaviors that can lead to issues that negatively impact our children such as addiction and dropping out of school.

This month, our Community Impact award winner is Dorothy Oppenheiser, Trauma Informed Care Specialist with Tykes & Teens. Dorothy has worked extensively over the past few years to educate schools and agencies in our community on the effects of trauma on young brains and how to work with children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

Through her work, countless agencies and their staff have been trained to recognize and respond to the effects of all types of trauma and assist in developing the skills to increase resiliency in children and families in our community.

The Children’s Services Council is committed to recognizing the good work being done in our community by the individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others. The Community Impact Award is awarded each month at the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee with the PSL Council event held on the second Friday at 8:30am at Port St. Lucie City Hall Chambers.

For more information about the programs provided by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, please visit our website at

Dorothy Oppenheiser


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