Reliable Hearts offers promising and personalized services for youth and families to buffer the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and break the cycle of transgenerational trauma. ACEs can impact well-being, and can have long-term affects on health and wellness throughout adulthood. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society.
What are ACEs?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Also included are aspects of the child's environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation or incarceration of a parent, sibling, or other member of the household.
Traumatic events in childhood can be emotionally painful or distressing and can have effects that persist for years. Factors such as the nature, frequency and seriousness of the traumatic event, prior history of trauma, and available family and community supports can shape a child's response to trauma.
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk of these outcomes.
risky health behaviors,
chronic health conditions,
low life potential, and