August 22, 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan.


Many studies have examined the relationship between ACEs and a variety of known risk factors for disease, disability, and early mortality. The Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, conducted a landmark ACE study from 1995 to 1997 with more than 17,000 participants. The study found ACEs are common and almost 40% reported two or more ACEs.


Recent ACEs Findings


  • Economic hardship is the most common adverse childhood experience (ACE) reported nationally and in almost all states, followed by divorce or separation of a parent or guardian.

  • The prevalence of ACEs increases with a child’s age (parents were asked whether their child had "ever" had the experience), except for economic hardship, reported about equally for children of all ages, reflecting high levels of poverty among young families.

  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs, exposure to neighborhood violence, and the occurrence of mental illness are among the most commonly-reported adverse childhood experiences in every state.

  • Just under half (46%) of children in the U.S. have experienced at least one ACE.

(Child Trends, 2014)


Please take the time to view the webcast presentation by Dr. Vince Felitti, Co-investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES): The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Addiction, Disease, and Premature Death: Turning Gold Into Lead.



Additional ACEs Resources


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ACEs Information


Adverse Childhood Events: The ACE Study and Its Implications for All That We Do Training Video


Recently Added Resources:



Go-Live for FSFN Enhancements - Modifications to Person Provider Inquiry (8/17/18)



Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanence (CWIG, July 2018)


Helping Your Child Transition from Foster Care to Adoption (CWIG, July 2018)




Adoption Assistance (QPI Training Video)


Strategic Storytelling (QPI Training Video)


Upcoming Events

Live Webinar presented by The Center: Incarcerated Parents
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide information on demographics, permanency, engagement and well-being as associated with families dealing with incarceration. Professionals will be provided with information and ideas to offer an opportunity for professionals to decide what is best regarding specific cases.


The training will discuss the questions of whether it is beneficial for children to visit their incarcerated parents as well as how to implement the updated case planning policy, ways to locate incarcerated parents and visitation.

Additionally, answers will be provided to the questions shared during previous online discussion groups.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


DCF Live Webinar: Transition Planning For Youth,
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


The webinar will review the guidance and procedure requirements outlined in CFOP 170-17, Chapter 2, Transition Planning for Youth and provide an opportunity to address practice related questions.


Please send any questions you may have in advance to Brandie McCabe at: BrandieMccabe@myflfamilies.com


Click HERE to register.


2018 DCF Child Protection Summit,
September 5-7, 2018, JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando


The Florida Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2018 Child Protection Summit. The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, and the department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.


Click HERE for registration, fees, workshops, and more.


Families First Child Welfare Symposium,
September 13-14, 2018, St. Petersburg Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716


The conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to over 24 continuing education units.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


National Webinar: Sixteenth International Conference on, Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma,
September 16, 17, 18, 2018 - Orlando, Florida


The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is proud to announce the Sixteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. This world-renowned event will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in the exciting city of Orlando, Florida at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.


Make sure you block your calendar so you can join leading experts as they discuss the latest scientific research, medical practices, investigative and legal techniques, prevention efforts and family resources.


Click HERE to register.




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