ACE Resources for Families

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ACE Resources for Families

Browse these ACE Resources that families can use, which includes a free ACE quiz, websites with other ACE information and resources, and helpful videos about ACEs, trauma, and toxic stress.


Take the Ace Quiz

This link provides allows you to take the actual ACE Quiz.  It also goes into depth about what the quiz measures and what your score means.

Look Through Their Eyes

The Look Through Their Eyes campaign was created by the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about childhood trauma and prevention.  Their website includes resources about prevention, identification, and treatment of childhood trauma as well as helpful videos for parents, caregivers, and children.

Defending Childhood

Building on programs such as Safe Start, the Child Development-Community Policing Program, and the Greenbook Initiative, Defending Childhood leverages existing resources across the Department of Justice to focus on preventing, addressing, reducing, and more fully understanding childhood exposure to violence.

ACEs Too High

A great website that provides information, training, and resources on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

ACEs Connection

This community of practice uses trauma-informed, resilience-building practices to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and to change systems to stop traumatizing already traumatized people. You can also subscribe to receive a daily e-mail about the latest ACE articles

CEC Southland

A google drive full of helpful ACE Resources, websites, articles, and newsletters



How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


Dr. Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer and clinical counselor, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others. Based in Ohio, Marich is the founder of the Dancing Mindfulness practice, and she actively trains facilitators on using this practice in both clinical and community settings. She is the author of Trauma Made Simple (2014), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), and EMDR Made Simple (2011). Marich began her career in human services while working as an English teacher in post-war Bosnia; she is fast becoming respected as a voice to listen to in the mental health and addiction recovery communities because of her candidness.

Southland Education and Health Initiative – Part One: An Introduction

Part one in a new series highlighting the emerging work of the Southland Initiative, which focuses on the damaging effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It wasn’t until a backyard barbecue that siblings Audrey and David Soglin realized they had been grappling with the same problem independently for years. Their collaboration would form a unique connection between healthcare and education, and the initiative has grown to include several key partners from across the state. At the center of the initiative are three areas of focus: primary care, psychological & emotional health and parent support & education.

Like a Footprint in Wet Cement

This plenary session details the impact of childhood trauma throughout the life cycle including its correlation with hundreds of medical and mental health conditions including substance abuse. The workshop better equips attendees in recognizing and responding to these signs of trauma.

PBS: How Does the ‘Toxic Stress’ of Poverty Hurt the Developing Brain? 

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children’s brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series “Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program.