ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs)

The term “ACEs” is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. It originated in a groundbreaking study conducted in 1995 by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Permanente health care organization in California. In that study, “ACEs” referred to three specific kinds of adversity children faced in the home environment—various forms of physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. 

Experiencing many ACEs, as well as things like racism and community violence, without supportive adults, can cause what’s known as toxic stress. This excessive activation of the stress response system can lead to long-lasting wear-and-tear on the body and brain. (Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University) 

CHILDHOOD YEARS ARE THE "BUILDING BLOCKS" FOR ADULT
RELATIONSHIPS, BEHAVIORS, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL OUTCOMES.


Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and help all children reach their full health and life potential.(Nat'l Center for Injury Prevention and Control)


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