Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

What are ACEs ?

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur during childhood. ACEs can have a significant impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health throughout their life.

Although ACEs increase a person’s risk of certain health conditions and behaviors in adulthood, they do not guarantee them. With support, children who face adverse events can learn to manage their experiences and lead meaningful lives.

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      Please note the examples above are not meant to be a complete list of adverse experiences. There are many other traumatic experiences that could impact health and wellbeing.

      ACEs are common. About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.

      Information provided by the CDC. More information on ACEs: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html