How do we deal with the kinds of challenges that hurt us far more than they help us? Many children will face more than their fair share of adverse childhood experiences. The effects can be lifelong. Early adversity is linked to chronic health issues, mental illness and substance abuse in adulthood. But the hopeful news is that the impact of childhood adversity can be greatly reduced. We have seen that through positive connections, children can build resilience and increase their ability to live happy, successful lives. This is a conversation about how we can all help children thrive and bring about a brighter future for Georgia.