Award-Winning ‘Healing Neen’ To Be Presented in Fulton

FULTON – Oswego County’s Partnership to End Abuse of Children (PEACe) will host the award-winning film “Healing Neen” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Fulton Education Center, Fourth St.

“Healing Neen” presents the compelling story of Tonier “Neen” Cain’s emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse.

The film explores how society treats shattered adults who were severely traumatized as children.

“The impact of trauma on children and their caregivers is often devastating and long-lasting,” said Stacy Alvord, Oswego County Commissioner of Social Services. “Oswego County’s Partnership to End Abuse of Children (PEACe)  invites community members to attend this event to view the documentary and contribute to a discussion of the impact of trauma in our local communities.”

Advocates will discuss ways to develop trauma-informed programs and services and how community interactions can reduce the impact of trauma on families. The partnership is observing April as Child Abuse Awareness Month in Oswego County.

“Trauma-informed care programs and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate,” said Alvord. “By encouraging trauma-informed practice and collaboration, we hope to see healthier families and set into motion healthier trends in our community overall. It starts with the individual, someone like Tonier Cain, the subject of ‘Healing Neen,’ who received the appropriate supports and services that targeted the impact of trauma in her life. She was given what she needed to heal and become successful. Others can also have a personal story of resilience and success, given the right supports and services.”

Cain will be keynote speaker at a trauma conference scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Lake Ontario Conference Center in Oswego.

All interested persons are invited to attend the program and learn more about trauma-informed services and other activities sponsored by the Partnership to End Abuse of Children.

To register for the “Healing Neen” presentation, go to