ACEs …

Every child is precious.

Hope & Healing JAX equips ALL who touch the lives of children with what they need, so they can give children what they need. 

Every child should feel precious, loved & safe.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can happen to anyone. Hope & Healing JAX cares about the impact that trauma and ACEs may have on the children in your life.

ACEs include things like abuse, neglect, and other household instability like witnessing violence in the home or incarceration of a parent. The 10 ACEs below are linked to a child’s health and wellbeing both now and in the future. 

10 identified ACEs:

●  Physical abuse

●  Emotional abuse

●  Sexual abuse

●  Physical neglect

●  Emotional neglect

●  Mental illness in family member in home of origin

●  Incarcerated parent/caregiver

●  Witnessing domestic violence

●  Substance addiction by parent/caregiver

●  Parental separation or divorce

“Trauma and ACEs are not deterministic. Troubling behavior from a child is an SOS. We need to respond to the SOS by strengthening trusting bonds in families, schools, neighborhoods, across sectors and in our whole community so the adults in kids’ lives can be as present, trustworthy, and as loving as possible.”

Kirsten Freitag Murray

The Philadelphia Expanded ACEs Study has added 5 more adversities: racism, bullying, community violence, neighborhood safety, and living in foster care.

As the number of ACEs add up, the ongoing stress can lead to interrupted brain and relationship development. The immediate effects can be seen when kids are disruptive at school or hard to get along with at home. ACEs, when left unresolved, may also lead to physical, emotional, and social difficulties throughout life. Troubles like heart disease, diabetes, substance addiction, depression, suicide, or risky sexual behaviors can result if we ignore the impact of ACEs.

Because of this, it is vital that we all work to make a way for children and families affected by trauma to address and resolve that trauma.

There is HOPE.

Positive Childhood Experiences and interventions like Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) equip the adults in a child’s life with understanding, strategies, and skills to strengthen connection and felt safety.

Hope and healing are possible in the lives of children and their families who have experienced trauma that has gone unresolved.