Adverse Childhood Experiences
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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) conducts and supports research in the United States and throughout the world on fetal, infant and child development; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. The Institute has funded three centers that conduct research on all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Capstone Centers for Child Maltreatment Research promise to identify best practices for prevention and screening, as well as treatment of children affected by abuse.

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Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and its consequences can be devastating. Those experiencing high levels of trauma can see dramatically lower life expectancies, and the CDC estimates it accounts for billions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

Research also shows that ACEs are more prevalent in under resourced communities and with children of color. Source: ChildTrends

Every Child Matters National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) commemorates September 30th as National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools, also known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Acknowledging the trauma of the past will help to heal the future. Source: The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Healing from the Trauma of Federal Residential Indian Boarding Schools | Hope MacDonald LoneTree, Deputy Commissioner | Administration for Native Americans | November 24, 2021

Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report | Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary | U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs | May 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. The original ACE study was conducted from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. The original CDC-Kaiser dataset is not available to the public. Kaiser owns the data and data collection is ongoing (e.g., prescription drug use, medical status of original participants). However, The Family Health History and Health Appraisal questionnaires used to collect information for the original CDC-Kaiser ACE Study are not copyrighted and there are free to use.

  • Vital Signs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) [Handout PDF]
  • Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence [Report PDF]

The Maternal and Child Health Agency of the The Health Resources & Services Administration funds and directs the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH), which is a household survey conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read their latest report revealing the recent trends in children’s health-related measures, including significant changes between 2019 and 2020 that might be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The mission of American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the promotion of the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists.

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with the informative infographics and videos developed by National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

A Trauma Informed Framework book coverA Trauma Informed Approach book cover

A Trauma Informed Approach to Library Services | Rebecca Tolley | American Library Association | NonFiction | 2020 | ISBN: 978-0838919811192

A Trauma Informed Framework for Supporting Patrons: the PLA Workbook of Best Practices | The Public Library Association Social Worker Task Force | NonFiction | 2022 | ALA Editions | ISBN: 978-0-8389-4956-6112

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