In the late 90’s, the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente conducted a landmark study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. For the first time, this research captured the strong relationship between child abuse and neglect and costly lifelong social, emotional, and even physical health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Ten short questions give you an ACE score between zero and ten. The more ACEs you have, the more likely you are to experience disease, social problems and early death. Get your ACE score here.
Research shows that promoting a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship between children and their parents is the key to preventing a lifetime of problems. Empowering parents with knowledge and support is a powerful vaccination against mental health, social ills, and our community’s leading diseases. The Family Center serves parents who are most likely to abuse and neglect their children including incarcerated parents, parents in substance abuse recovery, and parents involved with the legal system. Over fifty percent of the parents served by The Family Center have an ACE score of 6 or more (out of 10)…a score correlated with early death by twenty years. Click here to learn how ACEs impact a child named Anna.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and an opportunity to raise awareness regarding the impact of child adversity. Child abuse and neglect affects each of us through compromised safety, well-being, and millions in tax dollars. Take a stand with The Family Center to protect children and give a happy, healthy childhood.