ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES - ACEs
Children living through abuse, violence and other traumatic events unnecessarily suffer the ill effects for the rest of their lives. These life-altering events are called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Positive parenting and protecting our children from harm prevents the harmful effects of ACEs. Children who are nurtured and supported throughout childhood are more likely to thrive and develop into happy, healthy, and productive adults.
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical neglect
- Emotional neglect
- Domestic violence
- Parental substance abuse
- Household mental Illness
- Parental separation or divorce
- Suicide or death
- Crime or Imprisoned family
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:
- Risky behaviors
- Chronic health conditions
- Low life potential
- Early death
“Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure that children reach their full potential.” – CDC