ACEs Connection Network: building awareness about the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and creating trauma-informed and resilient communities


Location(s): United States


From results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, we have learned that traumatic events and experiences that occur early in life have an impact on the health and social-emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Examples of traumatic events include physical and sexual abuse, neglect, loss of a parent/caregiver due to death, abandonment, incarceration or divorce, and exposure to violence and substance use.

To reduce the impact of traumatic events and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and increase mental wellness, we need to:

    • Increase our understanding and awareness of trauma and ACEs
    • Provide trauma-informed care and services
    • Increase parent/guardian/family support and education
    • Invest in prevention and resiliency practices and programs
    • Develop nurturing, resilient and trauma-informed communities