The Problem: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic childhood events that negatively impact a child's development. The more ACEs children experience, the more likely they are to have physical and mental health issues, even into adulthood.
ACEs can take place in the child's home, in someone else's home, at school, at church, or elsewhere in the community. Often, youth turn to substances to cope with unresolved trauma. They may not talk about their experiences out of fear or shame.