Why We Focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The Family Center exists to provide support to parents and their children. We are here to help change their story and prevent families from experiencing  the impact of negative child/ parent relationships by providing skills and support to vulnerable parents. The Family Center is here to proactively support and empower parents to break generational cycles of adverse childhood experiences and create safe, stable and nurturing relationships with their children.


What are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences that disrupt stable child development.  Positive experiences in infancy and early childhood can help build a strong and healthy brain.  Negative experiences weaken the brain and lead to life-long challenges including negative long-term health and economic issues.  The Family Center offers a range of research-based parent education sessions and in-home coaching to help  facilitate positive and safe parenting.  These sessions are a way to assess the parent's own childhood as they learn new strategies for parenting their children.     

The 10 most common ACEs are:

  • Physical Abuse

  • Emotional abuse/ neglect

  • Sexual abuse

  • An alcohol and/or drug abuser in the household

  • An incarcerated family member

  • Chronically depressed, mentally ill, institutionalized or suicidal family member

  • Family member is treated violently

  • Divorce or Separation

  • Physical neglect 

Prevention is the best cure for breaking these cycles. This is why The Family Center’s work -- public awareness campaigns, parent education and support programs, professional training and technical assistance, and community-based prevention programs -- are all focused on preventing ACEs from multiplying.

We are working to help heal the wounds you can’t see.

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