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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic childhood events that create dangerous levels of stress and can negatively impact the development of a child's brain and body. Left untreated, ACEs can have a lifelong impact on an individual and affect communities and society in significant ways.

The following resources have been compiled from reputable sources to help you better understand ACEs and the research behind it.


   ACEs - A Guide to Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
     - A PDF version of Children's Home Society's informational brochure on the topic of ACEs.


   Childhood trauma isn't something you just grow out of.
     - Our body is primed to respond to stress. But in her inspirational TedTalk, Dr. Nadine Burk-Harris
       explores what happens if that stress never goes away.

   How asking "What happened to you?" can change a life.
     - Growing up with unresolved trauma, Tonier Cain describes what it was like and what happened 
       when someone finally asked her the right questions.


   An interview with Vincent Felitti, MD
     - This interview features co-founder of The ACE Study, Vincent Felitti, MD.   


   ACEs are treatable. ACEs are beatable.
     - Resilience practices overcome students' ACEs in a trauma-informed high school.


   Where can I learn more about the ACEs survey and how to use it?
     - This site introduces an ACE survey tool kit to equip human service providers with the tools and
       tips needed to administer the ACE survey.


   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     - The CDC considers ACEs an important public health issue. Learn more about the ACEs study,
       data, and resources here.


   ACEs Connection
     - A Community-of-Practice Social Network. Join the movement to prevent ACEs, heal trauma
       and build resilience.


   ACEs Too High
     - Find your ACE score plus a collection of up-to-date news stories, research, resources, and more.



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