What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?
According to Prevent Child Abuse America, ACE is a term used to describe a wide range of factors such as loss of a parent through divorce, death or incarceration; experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse; or experiencing hunger or being exposed to violence that can contribute to lifelong physical and behavioral health. A child is more at risk for ACEs when the child’s parents experience stressors like social isolation, underemployment, lack of health care or inability to access to basic necessities.
Check out these resources that we have compiled to help you learn more about ACEs:
- How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
- 'This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children, a startling source of future disease'
- Trauma & Learning
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: ACEs Resources
- Raising of America
- Moving Health Care Upstream
- Peace For Tarpon
- Aces Too High
- Mobilizing Action for resilient communities
- National League of Cities
- Family Justice Center Alliance
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We know that ACEs are incredibly impactful in the life of a child. Together with our partners, we are committed to ending the adversities children at risk face. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Pilar Olivo at POlivo@FrederickCountyMD.gov. For more information on the Local Health Improvement Plan for Frederick County and the ACEs Workgroup click here. To learn more information about the Interagency Early Childhood Committee (IECC) click here