Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) shape many lives and are major predictors of future socio-economic standing, health outcomes, and life expectancy. Examples of ACEs include abuse, violence, parent/caregiver mental health problems, instability caused by the incarceration of a family member, and substances abuse disorders.

According to the CDC, roughly 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states had experienced at least one kind of ACE before turning eighteen.

Unfortunately, communities of color are more likely to experience ACEs through systemic issues of discrimination and racism. As a result, BIPOC communities are more likely to experience the negative impacts of ACEs throughout their adult lives, adding additional barriers to finding stability.

  • Read “Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)” by Paul Lanier, PhD, MSW, published by the Jordan Institute for Families. This article explores the expanding research citing racism (historical trauma; stigma; discrimination) as an “enhanced” ACE measure.

  • In this interview, Bryan Stevenson speaks to many issues that affect communities of color.

  • This short video explains what ACEs are and how they can affect individuals and communities later in life. (3:40 mins)