ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

What are adverse childhood experiences?

According to the CDC, Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example:

  • experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect

  • witnessing violence in the home or community

  • having a family member attempt or die by suicide

Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with:

  • substance misuse

  • mental health problems

  • instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison

ACEs are preventable.

Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full potential.

ACEs 2 hour presentations are offered virtually through BRBH. Please fill out the form if you would like more information about upcoming dates and times.

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