Director's Corner

Adversity is not Destiny.
By Claire Louge, Executive Director

I frequently give trainings on the ACEs study. I talk about how the study shows a direct correlation between the number of ACEs and the risk of developing major health and social problems. I talk about how ACEs affect brain development, and that they can shape brains to be more reactive to stressors and less equipped to cope with those stressors, which in turn affects behavior, health, relationships, and generally, a person’s whole life. When I present this, I always get one question:

Is there any hope?

You know the answer to this question. It’s probably the reason you’re in this field. The answer is yes, of course. There is so much hope, and that’s why we do what we do.