Adverse Childhood Experiences

A growing network of leaders is pioneering how we diminish the impact of adverse childhood experiences.

The more #ACES you have, the higher your risk for serious health conditions.

Thanks to decades of neuroscience research on brain development, adversity and toxic stress, we now understand how a child who is exposed to violence, or neglect, or homelessness at an early age may develop behavioral and physical health problems later in life. We can now use this rapidly evolving knowledge to create real-world solutions.” 

-Jane Lowe, Senior Adviser for Program Development

NCAR Meeting

Adverse Childhood Experiences

In December 2013, some 35 National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR) leaders in ACEs research, policy and practice convened at the Foundation to follow up on the national summit on ACEs earlier in the year. Participants outlined the strategic goals and the action steps needed to continue to build the movement.  

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Urban ACEs Study

Three siblings, ages 3-10.

In 2012, the Institute for Safe Families, with support from RWJF and others formed the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force. This Task Force conducted a city-wide Urban ACE survey of over 1,700 residents to understand how prevalent the problem is in Philadelphia. The survey found that 37 percent of Philadelphia adults reported having four or more of these ACEs. 

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The First ACEs Summit

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The National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences, co-sponsored by the Institute for Safe Families and RWJF, took place May 2013 in Philadelphia. The event brought together national and local leaders to learn what approaches are making a difference and how they can spread more widely to create a paradigm shift within health care, mental health, and child-serving systems.

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Building Resilience

Traumatic childhood events like abuse and neglect can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development, resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. Leaders in research, policy and practice across the country are leading the way in preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigating their impact by building resilience.

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