ACE’s are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children and can result in long-term health problems.

Exposure to childhood ACEs can increase the risk of:

  • Adolescent pregnancy, unintended pregnancy
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse, Illicit drug use, smoking
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease, liver disease
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners, STI’s
  • Suicide attempts
The good news is that there is hope through resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad or traumatic things happen. Research shows that if parents and caregivers provide a safe environment for their children and teach them how to be resilient, the effects of ACE’s are reduced.

For more information on ACE’s, or to schedule a training with one of our Master ACE trainers, contact  CAC Program Director Sarah Zuidema or Kids Have Rights Program Manager Sara Soehnel.