Category Archives: News

Forbes: Can We Stop A Traumatized Child From Becoming A Traumatized Adult?

“Every day a child somewhere will suffer from abuse and neglect, the result of growing up in a home with domestic violence, mental illness or addiction, or from the loss of a parent due to separation or imprisonment. Such trauma can inflict psychological and physical damage that appears when that child grows into an adult …read more

TED: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

“Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.” How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime presented by Dr. Nadine …read more

NPR: 10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid To Ask

“It’s not a crystal ball, but might hint at your vulnerability to disease and mental illness — long before you start smoking or drinking, gain a lot of weight, develop high blood pressure or actually get sick. And, all you have to do is answer 10 yes-or-no questions about your childhood.”  Click here to answer …read more

NPR: Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

“Preventing childhood trauma in the first place, Felitti, Anda and their proponents now believe, is one of the biggest opportunities to prevent disease — and save billions in health care costs.”  Read and hear the story by clicking here.

Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) joins Harvard University & other leading organizations working to influence national systems of change for young children

Culver City non-profit selected for nationwide program promoting innovation in the field of early childhood policy and practice CULVER CITY, CA, December 7, 2012- Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) has been selected as one of only 12 innovative programs in the nation to advise the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the National Conference …read more

A WIN Case Study: Girl in the Closet

When Jelia was a young toddler, she had a great life.  Her cousin and closest playmate, Manuel, lived in her house along with Jelia’s mom Ana, dad Carlos, and her Aunt Pru.  But when Jelia reached 18 months, everything began to change: Manuel was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Over the next two years, she watched …read more

Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) Celebrates its Independence

WIN launches as its own nonprofit corporation CULVER CITY, CA, July 1, 2011- On July 1, 2011, the Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) celebrated its first WINdependence day. Founded in 2005 through the collective vision of Venice Family Clinic, Westside Children’s Center, St. Joseph Center, and other social service agencies, WIN provides unique mental health services tailored to the needs …read more

WIN Collaboration in Culver City News!

Charitable collaboration chalks up accolades by Sandra Coopersmith | Culver City News 3/17/11 Imagine what could be accomplished by the helping hands of multiple nonprofits united by a shared vision. That’s what the Lodestar Foundation did, and as a result, developed the Collaboration Prize, a national award designed to identify and showcase models of innovative collaboration among nonprofit organizations. There …read more

Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) Named a Finalist in Lodestar Foundation’s 2011 Collaboration Prize

Eight organizations to be recognized and awarded a total of $250,000; Collaborations prove that working together can reap great results LOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2011 – Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) has been recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Collaboration Prize created by The Lodestar Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy. …read more

Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) Clinical Director, Dr. Wendy Sun, Receives Professional Endorsement

Dr. Sun is one of only 52 mental health professionals in the state to receive Infant Mental Health endorsement LOS ANGELES, CA, February 7, 2011 – Dr. Wendy Sun, Clinical Director of Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN), is among the first 52 California clinicians endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health to provide mental health …read more