Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

Adverse childhood experiences (also known as ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, such as neglect and/or violence. ACEs are strongly related to brain development and a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifetime.

ACEs may include but are not limited to physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, living in poverty, parental mental illness, discrimination, substance use disorder or incarceration.

Why is it Important to Consider ACEs and their Impact?

Research has shown that:

Resilience and Protective Factors

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from challenges and hardship.

Parental and child resilience have been shown to reduce the negative impacts of ACEs.

Therefore, it is important to stress that ACEs can be overcome with proper supports and protective factors.

Protective Factors

Protective factors that may boost child or parent resilience may include:

An individual who has experienced ACEs may benefit from a wide array of community-based services. More information on ACEs and resources on what services may be available in individual communities are below.

More Information on ACEs

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
New York State Department of Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Office of Mental Health
New York State Council on Children and Families
National Institutes of Health
Early Care and Learning Council
National Conference of State Legislatures
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center

The data and resource information contained in NYS KIDS COUNT Multimedia Data Book 2020 are a snapshot of the social and emotional development of children and adults in each of our counties. We included data that was unique and not commonly collected because of the age group or program eligibility. We wanted to highlight early childhood resources as well as resources for older youth.

Resources and Available Services

New York State Council on Children and Families
NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)
Council on Children and Families
211 Operated by the United Way
Office of Children and Family Services - Division of Child Welfare and Community Services
New York State agencies with additional helpful information:
Other Resources:
Helpful phone numbers:

Statewide Central Register
Toll Free Telephone Number

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD/TTY
1-800-638-5163 or
Video Relay System provider call

NYS Project Hope
Emotional Support Helpline to talk to a crisis counselor: