ACEs Resources for Family Life Educators

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A collection of resources on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) including organizations, websites, articles, books, tip sheets, etc. suggested by the authors of articles in this issue of Network.


Organizations and Websites

ACEs Connection. A Community-of-Practice Social Network

ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions -- from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches -- to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people.


ACEs Too High

A professional network with information regarding the latest research and trends in policies and programs surrounding ACEs. Includes connections to a listserv for professionals to discuss ACEs within their professional work.


ASCEND ACES Toolkit for Providers

This toolkit includes data, survey, and case studies to identify and better understand the impact of ACEs. A practical tool to assist agencies in taking a two-generation approach for community change.


Center for Disease Control Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

An overview of the original ACE study with links to journal articles and resources. This website includes information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BFSS) ACE Data for states that are collecting ACE data.


Center for the Study of Social Policy Ideas into Action Strengthening Families

A free online collection of resources and training materials to support the implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework within a community.


Center on the Developing Child Harvard University Key Concepts Toxic Stress

This website provides an overview of Toxic Stress and its effects on young children. Links are provided to information about creating supportive environments.


ChildTrauma Academy

CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Comprehensive resources for child welfare and related professionals to help protect children and strengthen families. Includes directions on how to report suspected child maltreatment. Links to information such as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect and Where to Find Help, including a toll free phone number and listings of state related organizations.


Essentials for Childhood Framework: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Children

A free downloadable pdf with proposed strategies for communities to promote relationships and environments to specifically prevent child abuse and neglect.


National Child Traumatic Stress Network

This website provides information about specific types of trauma (including symptoms and behaviors associated with the trauma), resources for addressing the trauma, and information on treatments that work.


National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children

Professional development opportunities for parents, clinicians, educators and childcare professionals, including training on specific topics surrounding trauma and professional conferences. Books, interventions, and resources are available for purchase.


Recognize Trauma: Change a Child’s Future

A website sponsored by the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County that includes a definition of trauma, causes, and symptoms of trauma. The symptoms and behaviors associated with trauma are divided into age ranges from birth to high school. There is also information on how to help a child and referring a family for services.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Adverse Childhood Experiences

A unique collection of news, infographics, and other resources to help raise awareness to prevent ACEs and build resiliency.


Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

A nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services to traumatized children. The trauma center also offers training, consultation, and educational programming for post-graduate mental health professionals. The website also provides links to research and theories.


World Health Organization (WHO) Policies to Prevent Violence and Injuries

Downloadable documents with information on global and national policies, strategies, and plans of actions to prevent violence and injuries. Including downloads on how to develop a national policy. Information also provided on the ACE Global Research Network.


Zero to Three Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Resources for both professionals and parents to support the development of positive infant and early childhood mental health.



I am safe and secure: promoting resilience in young children. A short NAEYC article on the importance of resilience. Includes hyperlinks to resources with general information about resilience and organizations supporting children undergoing stress.

Brendtro, L.K., Brokenleg, M., & Van Bockern, S. (1990). Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future. Springer.

Steel, W., & Malchiodi, C.A. (2012). Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents. NY: Routledge.

A sourcebook of practical approaches to working with children and adolescents that synthesizes research from leading trauma specialists and translates it into easy to implement techniques.

Van Der Kolk, B., M.D. (2015). The Body Keeps the Score. Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin Books.