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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life before age 18. These experiences change the way a child’s brain develops, leading to life-long negative health and poor social outcomes.

Learn more at the links below from state and national resources.


Children’s Trust of South Carolina works statewide to prevent child abuse, neglect and injury.  Learn more at https://scchildren.org/research/adverse-childhood-experiences/.


Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about_ace.html.


CTA is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. They recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children. Learn more at http://childtrauma.org